One late winter evening I received a call from a new client regarding some minor water damage. KnuWhizz technicians responded promptly and arrived at the client residence. Water had run out from the bathtub, which had overflowed, into the hallway and living room
Using the latest hot water extraction unit, KnuWhizz was able to vacuum up most of the water and leave minimal dampness on the carpet. Fans were deployed to assist in the further drying of the carpet, and the customer was very satisfied.
A carpet flooding is never a good thing at all. One of my friends rang me one evening in a panic saying that she had left the bath running for a full thirty minutes. In this time, the water had managed to run out into the hall and over at least 10 square meters of carpet. It was a mess. Using my carpet cleaning extraction machine I rushed over and aided with the water clean up.
When water floods a carpet, if left too long, can penetrate into the carpet underlay. If this occurs, it can take a long time to dry the carpet out. If you have fans or a heater, it is a good idea to place these out over the flooded areas. The fans will assist in the drying process.
Carpet Flooding – Drying Methods
1. Vacuum up the water with a “wet approved” vacuum. Do NOT use your vacuum on wet carpets unless it approved for wet carpet use. Using your wet vacuum try to remove as much water from the carpet as you can. If your underlay is wet, then you will need to pull your carpet up and dry the underlay. In worst cases, the underlay and carpet may have to be replaced.
2. If the carpet underlay is still wet, you may try to use fans blowing air between the underlay and carpet. To do this, peel back the carpet that is wet and place the fans near the underlay. Make sure the fan is pointed slightly down towards the underlay. If you put the carpet back on the underlay when the underlay is wet, the underlay will be very difficult to dry.
3. Call in a professional Carpet Cleaner. If the flooding is bad, then you may need a Flood Restoration Technician.