With holiday parties coming up, the last thing you want to be dealing with is water-damaged carpeting in your home. You can clean up minor spills by yourself pretty easily, but what if you run into a bigger, much more time consuming problem like leaky plumbing, a faulty water heater, or flooding? Rather than trying to deal with these kinds of issues yourself, you’ll want to enlist the help of a water restoration expert like Restoration Now! to get things cleaned up and in their best shape for your holiday season entertainment.
At Restoration Now! Omaha, our water damage restoration specialists can help you no matter the problem. When dealing with water-damaged carpeting, there are a number of steps to take to ensure not only that visual damage is taken care of, but that your carpet is also sanitized and ready for guests!
Deal with the source of the problem first
If it’s as simple as a leaky pipe or loose washing machine connection, you have to get to the root of the problem first and Restoration Now! the flow of water before you start cleaning up. This may seem like common sense, but in the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget and try to start sopping up water immediately, which doesn’t do any good in the end.
If the source of the excess water is a natural flood, you’ll simply have to do what you can to prevent more water from entering your home without putting yourself at risk. In these situations there’s often not much to be done except wait for the weather to change and the flood waters to recede, then assess the damage.
Determine what kind of water damage you have
If the water damage is caused by clear water (i.e. water that has come directly from a pipe and hasn’t been exposed to other surfaces), you’ll have the best chance of saving your carpeting if the excess water is cleaned up and dried completely within 48-72 hours. After that time, clear water becomes tainted with bacteria and extra steps must be taken to restore any carpeting or other material it comes in contact with.
Note: As soon as clear water comes into contact with another surface, such as your carpeting, it becomes gray water. While it’s still possible to restore your carpeting at this point, it’s important to act fast and use professional disinfecting agents to sanitize any surface that’s been exposed to water for more than 72 hours.
If your carpets have come into contact with black water, water that’s already heavily contaminated with bacteria, such as natural flood water or sewage, or water that’s been stagnating for more than 72 hours, you’ll most likely have to replace your carpeting. Black water is extremely hazardous to the health of you and your family, and our team at Restoration Now! Omaha strongly recommend properly disposing of all material affected by black water.
Contact Restoration Now! Omaha for Water Damage Restoration Today at (402) 502-7277!
After any water damage, our Restoration Now! in Omaha has the tools and procedures to quickly and safely restore or dispose of tainted material and sanitize your home to its original state. With Restoration Now! Omaha just a phone call away, there’s no need to worry that an unexpected water damage emergency will get in the way of your holiday plans. Give us a call today at (402) 502-7277!