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Water Damage Restoration For Carpets

water damage restoration rentonWhen you have water damage in your Renton home, one of the first things that need to be addressed is your carpet. If water damage restoration does not begin right away, the moisture in the carpet fibers can facilitate mold growth and rot, along with other problems that may make your carpets no longer salvageable. 

Renton Water Damage Restoration

You need to perform a quick assessment of the damage to determine just what you are dealing with and then act fast if you want to properly restore water damage from your carpets. Here is what you need to look at:

  • How saturated is the carpet, just damp or soaked all the way through?
  • What is the size of the affected area? Is it a small section of carpet or is it widespread across one room or even multiple rooms?
  • How long has the carpet been exposed to the water?
  • What is the source of the water? Is it from a clean source like a broken water line or pipe, or a contaminated source like flood water or a backed-up sewer line?

Once you have determined the size and scope of your water damage situation, you can begin to plan a course of action for water damage restoration to begin. While each water damage case is different, here are some basic steps that need to be performed:

  1. Contact your homeowner’s insurance and figure out what your policy covers. If you have water damage coverage, then be sure to take pictures to show proof of damage and document everything in detailed lists so you can get the most out of your plan and coverage. Be sure to do this before any water damage restoration begins so you can prove loss and damage.
  2. Begin removing water as soon as possible. Do not let water linger on your carpets or floors, even if your water damage seems minor. Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours, and damage only compounds the longer the water is present, putting your carpet padding and subfloor at risk of damage as well. Wet/dry vacuums are a great tool to help remove water, but for extensive cases, you may need a pump.
  3. Speaking of the carpet pad, water will travel through carpet fibers and through the padding, where it can be trapped underneath. Padding needs to be lifted in order to fully dry out the water, so do not neglect the carpet padding. Padding also tends to take longer to dry, so the sooner you can get to it the better.
  4. Utilize the right equipment to dry the area thoroughly. Commercial-grade air movers create airflow through the area and dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air, both of which will reduce dry time and reduce the risk of moisture being left behind. 
  5. Call a water damage restoration specialist if you have any questions or if your water damage is extensive. Trusting a trained, licensed, and experienced professional to handle your water damage restoration will provide the best results for your carpets, ensuring adequate drying is achieved and reducing the risk of mold growth or other problems. 

FireWater Restoration is here to take your call when you need water damage restoration in Renton, no matter how big or small. They are ready 24/7, 7 days a week to help assist in any water damage situation. Give us a call when you’re in need of a water damage restoration company.