We will come to the subject straight without beating about the bush. If you are facing the problem of wet carpet first thing is take it to the porch or garage, meaning, shift it out of the wet area to a dryer place where further damage cannot be caused. And while you do this be careful that you do not puncture your skin with those carpet tacks while pulling up wall-to-wall carpet. Such skin wounds are likely to put you at greater risk of infectious disease.
First of all, the basement is a place that usually gets wet. That’s the nature of this place in the house. Basements can easily have leaks or can flood and next you know, the carpet is wet. Unfortunately flood water is not pure water that is clean like the spring water. It is usually full of debris like sewage, feces, contaminants and all sorts of nasty things you’d better not even know about. And now, whatever has already entered your basement, has also entered your carpeting. Of course you can pay heavy money to have your carpeting cleaned by professionals if you have the money to spend on this luxury.
Before making any rash decision, take a step back and evaluate the extent of water damage on your carpet. If the carpet is only slightly wet, you can let it dry normally for a few hours. But if the carpet is completely saturated, you have to use a vacuum to dry it. Knowing the problem will make it easier to choose the most efficient remedy.
Drink spills on the carpet can be quite a hassle to remove. Spilling your favorite drink such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks on your carpet is hard to clean up, as you’ll need to remove the excess liquid first. Removing the excess liquid is also important in order to prevent the stain from seeping deep into your carpet. Thankfully, a wet/dry vac can solve these problems easily by sucking up all the excess liquid from your carpet. The great thing about this device is that it can be used in both dry and wet surfaces. That is why when handling a drink spill, get your wet/dry vac right away and start cleaning up the spill with ease.
Do not soak the carpet with water or cleaner. Not only will water damage restoration leave residue and allow the carpet to become host to all types of bacteria, but also it can cause damage to your carpet as well such as problems with adhesion and shrinkage.
When you touch the carpet at the edge of the room, it may not even feel damp, but the pad could be saturated. This can be seen using an infrared camera. An infrared (or Thermal Imaging) camera is useful in finding the real area that the water has damaged, even if you can’t see or feel it.
Most homeowner policies do not cover flood damage unless the homeowner has purchased flood insurance, check your policies, if you are in an area that tends to flood the extra dollars that you spend on flood insurance may save you thousands in the long run.
The price of wet dry vacuum cleaners varies according to size and power. A good size to have in the house is a unit with a six gallon bucket and 3.0 hp motor. One thing to remember is that these are not carpet shampooing devices and will not apply shampoo to a carpet. They will however, help to dry a wet carpet. Before buying a shop vac, it is always useful to know what it is that you are going to buy. It is also useful to know a few troubleshooting tips so that you need not call the company for every problem.