Flood Damaged Carpet Flood damaged carpet from flooding or leaks in a home is not uncommon. If you’ve owned a home for several years, you’ve undoubtedly experienced it. You almost certainly will again in the future.

As hurriedly as possible, do away with the source of the water such as:

  • Surely turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas. As well as removing any small electrical devices from those parts.
  • To minimize damage, avoid walking on wet carpet any more than necessary.
  • Remove small furnishings from carpet to help prevent rust or furniture stains, which may become permanent.
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors. This will help prevent watermarks.
  • Remove breakables, moisture-sensitive and high-value items.
  • Remember to check under beds and other furniture.
  • Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into unaffected dry areas.
  • Make sure to practice good personal hygiene after handling affected items.
  • To avoid the chance of electrical shock, do not use a home vacuum or shop vac to remove water.
Why It Is Necessary to Act Quickly for Flood Damaged Carpet

While each case is unique, water damage typically follows a similar pattern. To illustrate the importance of addressing the emergency as quickly as possible, here is what typically occurs over time.

Less than an hour

  • Moving water quickly spreads to other areas.
  • Furniture may stain carpet permanently.
  • Moisture-sensitive furniture may discolor.
  • Paper goods are ruined.

1–24 Hours

  • Furniture delaminates or swells; legs can split.
  • Pressed wood swells and disintegrates.
  • Bacterial odor becomes apparent.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces may tarnish.
  • Normal household odors strengthen.

2–7 Days

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a “musty” odor.
  • Musical instruments swell and warp.
  • Drywall swells and disintegrates.
  • Coated metal surfaces begin to rust.
  • Door and window casings swell and distort.
  • Wood decking and studs begin to swell, warp, or split.
  • Electronic components may malfunction.
  • Occupants with respiratory problems can experience distress.

One week and longer

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a musty odor.
  • Wood components warp and split.
  • Chemicals within wood dissolve or discolor.
  • Claim costs escalate dramatically.

Serious occupant health hazards may occur because of flood damaged carpet.

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