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Common Questions Asked About Water Damage on Carpet in Oklahoma City

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

A Wine Spill or a Flood Doesn't Stop SERVPRO from Cleaning Your Carpets

Your Oklahoma City Home Gets SERVPRO's Water Damaged Carpet Cleaning and Sanitation

In my Oklahoma City water damaged home, what are my Options for a Carpet Soaked from a Flood?
Have water extracted by a professional technician from SERVPRO. He will vacuum up the water using a truck-mounted, portable, or ridable machine as a first step. Strategic placement of dehumidifiers will work for several days to remove remaining moisture and quickly mitigate secondary water damage.

How can you Dry Carpets with Water Damage?
Assuming that this is a small area affected by spillage or a water leak from clean water, give it a try. Use paper towels to remove any water off of the carpet. Walk or jump on towels to force water from the carpet. When the cloth becomes wet, replace it repeatedly until it stays dry. Use air movement and heat to dry the carpet. If the carpet is still wet after two days, you will need to call a professional to help dry the carpet and prevent mold from occurring.
 
Does my Carpet Pad need Replacing after Water Damage?
Most often the carpet pad will need to be replaced after water damage. There are some newly developed procedures they may save the cushion. Under a flooding situation, SERVPRO technicians can discard the padding since the underlying concrete or wood flooring also requires thorough drying. All moisture must be removed from hardwood flooring under carpeting to prevent cupping.

How Can I get rid of Mold on my Carpet?
Your carpet will require professional cleaning. Mold is not growing on the carpet, but growing on dirt and organic matter that is imbedded in the carpet. If you can determine the origin of moisture on the carpet, you can eliminate the mold. In this situation, it is desirable to contact a professional to ensure they have completely removed the mold from the carpet.

What Is the Problem with Carpets and Mold?
Whenever you have moisture and a food source, you can have mold growth. When a carpet gets wet and is not properly dried within a certain amount of time, usually 48 to 78 hours, it will begin to grow mold from the dormant spores that are ubiquitous, present in all homes. However, if your carpet remains clean and dry, you should not develop a mold problem.

Can I Save my Carpet that had Black Water Flooding?
No. It is not recommended to keep the carpet contaminated by sewage. The highly absorbent materials in carpets and pads cannot be washed in hot water for 10 minutes to clean and sterilize the contaminants. Therefore, this material should be safely disposed of by a SERVPRO technician wearing OSHA regulated safety gear. Do not attempt to dispose of this material yourself. It could be hazardous to your health.

You can probably easily determine if you need professional help in salvaging your carpeting from a water damaging event. The experts from SERVPRO can safely restore your carpets to pre-loss condition or discard them and dry out your home to prevent mold proliferation and water damage to your walls and furniture. Call us for an inspection and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Norman technicians have advanced IICRC training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition in Oklahoma City, Norman, and Moore by call us 24/7 at (405) 292-0808

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