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Wet Carpets

Do you have wet carpets? Did a leaky roof or pipe make your carpets wet? You are not alone! Around 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage emergency every day. 

a picture of wet carpets that have been flooded from a leak

Rainfall is one common cause of wet carpets. Because leaks in your roof, ceilings or windows will cause a mess on your carpets from rain.  A foundation leak can also be the culprit of wet carpets.  Or, it could be as simple as someone spilling something on your floor.  Whatever the reason, wet carpets create mold and cause damage to your home beyond just the flooring.  Locate the source of the wet carpet issue as quickly as possible.  Then, put a stop to any leaks.

Is My Carpet Wet?

The answer seems obvious, but it is not always so clear! Sometimes, wet carpet may not actually look wet.  So, how do you know if a carpet is wet? Some old moisture can become trapped in the padding or below the padding of the carpet that you don’t see. It’s possible there has been a leak in a corner of your house you don’t spend a lot of time in. There are actually many reasons why you might not notice your wet carpet right away.

Many people have reported they notice a smell before finding the wet carpet. Are you noticing a musty smell you didn’t have before? If wet carpet is left untreated, the smell can continue to build and permeate throughout the air in your house. This makes your whole home smelly.

If you notice a musty odor which does not go away with regular cleanings and vacuuming, you could be dealing with wet carpets.  Other signs of trapped moisture include sickness and allergy-like symptoms within your family members and pets.  Discolorations in the carpet could also signal wet carpets.  These signs and symptoms can be caused by molds growing from the moisture.

Time is of the Essence with Wet Carpets

Sometimes, you don’t know how long your carpets have been wet. For instance, you might have been on a vacation and came home to wet carpets.  You don’t know if the carpets have been wet for hours or days. 

Regardless of when the mess happened, once you know you have wet carpets, it is important to clean up the mess as quickly as possible.  Get those carpets dried fast! Because carpets that stay wet for extended periods of time create so many problems. The longer you leave wet carpets alone, the more you risk damaging not only the carpet and padding, but your subfloors too. 

Leaving wet carpets alone increases your risk of growing mold and mildew.  Because when you leave moisture sitting in a warm, dark place mold happens.  Mold and mildew create toxins that will invade the air in your home. Further, once mold and mildew get into a carpet pad, it’s impossible to eradicate.  If you have moldy carpet padding, you need to replace it. That is your only option.

Mold is very bad for your family and your pets. And, left untreated, mold can greatly impact your health.  Especially those who are already sensitive to allergens. Remember, if you find wet carpet, do not leave them sitting! Get your wet carpets dried as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when dealing with wet carpets. 

Drying Your Wet Carpet

You discovered your carpets are wet, now what? Now, you need to dry them. Again, act fast! Quickly take steps to make sure mold and mildew doesn’t grow or spread. The more time the carpet sits wet, the harder it will be to dry and clean everything. 

Stop the leak

First, stop the water flow to the problem area.  You cannot remove the moisture from the carpet if the area continues to be exposed to a leak. If you have a leak somewhere, fix it! Putting a stop to the leak is always the first step.

A roof leaking a lot of water onto carpet

Remove furniture

Once you’ve stopped the flow of the liquid, clear out the room.  Empty the affected space.  Furniture left in the affected space can trap moisture. Which creates an environment for mold growth.  Plus, it may be necessary to lift the carpet up.  If so, you’ll have to move the furniture anyways.

Remove the Moisture

Next, remove the moisture from your carpets. Use a wet vacuum or shop vac to remove as much liquid and moisture as you can. Depending on how much water is in the affected area you may need to call professionals to extract the water.

A person using a shop vac to suck water out of a carpet

Create Air Flow

Create as much air flow as possible in the area affected by the leak.  Air flow helps dry out the moisture in the carpets.  It will also help remove any odors the moisture caused.  To create air flow, open windows, leave doors open and turn on fans.  Use high-powered fans pointed directly on the affected areas of your carpets. Doing so will allow the carpets to dry quicker. Additional, consider using a dehumidifier with the fans. This will help remove moisture in the air, speeding up the drying time.

Pulling the carpet back and raising it off the floor is another step to take to encourage air flow.  Start in a corner and pull the carpet back. Expose the padding.  Further, put a fan between the carpet and padding to encourage quicker drying.

a picture of an air mover blowing on the back of wet carpet to dry it

Replace Carpet Padding

If water has saturated your carpet, your carpet padding is likely soaked too.  If your padding is soaked it is already damaged too much for repair. Because a soaked padding is too damaged for repair, the best thing to do is replace your carpet padding in the affected area.  Replacing the carpet padding will help to prevent mold growth. 

Steam Clean

A professional steam cleaning will help remove any lingering toxins and deodorize the carpets. The steam used during a professional steam cleaning has a temperature that is high enough to kill toxins.  It also assists with removing mold spores as dirt is sucked up from the carpets and removed from your home entirely. 

Area Rugs

There is a totally different process for taking care of wet area rugs.  So, call our partners at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa for a free quote on area rug cleaning.  They will take care of you, and make sure your area rugs aren’t affected or damaged further from leaking water in your home.  

After Your Carpets are Dry, Call Us!

We’ve given you some basic steps to take when you discover wet carpets in your home.  But the best option is to call the professionals.  Because water damage in your home can cause a lot of problems – some that you can’t even see. 

After the moisture is removed and damage is repaired, call us at Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa for a professional steam cleaning.  We disinfect any affected areas on your carpets. And we make sure they are left smelling fresh.  Disinfecting after water damage helps to prevent mold and mildew from growing and leaves you with peace of mind.  After our cleaning, you’ll know that your carpets are clean and fresh, even after a water emergency.  Call today for a free quote.