Experiencing water damage on your carpet can result in an unpleasant smell and potential ruin if not addressed promptly. However, there are steps you can take to salvage your carpet and prolong its life. Here’s a guide to help you:

Determine whether it is clean water from a leaking pipe or dirty water from a sewerage backup or drain overflow. If the water is dirty, it’s best to remove and discard the carpet. If it’s clean water, you can proceed with the following steps.

Turn off the stop-valve or call an emergency plumber if necessary.

Remove furniture from the room, if possible. Then, using dry cloths or towels, soak up any excess water from the carpet. Only do this if the water is clean and there are no safety concerns.

Use a box cutter to remove the portion of the carpet with wet spots. This prevents the spread of mildew. Discard the damaged carpet padding. Lift the carpet off the floor and ensure proper air circulation by opening doors and windows.

Rent industrial-sized fans from a DIY store and position them facing the affected area. Run the fans on high for at least 24 hours (36 hours is recommended). Drying times may be longer for larger properties. Minimize foot traffic during the drying process.

After 12 hours of drying, inspect the carpet to ensure it is dry to the touch. This is a crucial time to prevent mold growth. Continue running the fans to ensure thorough drying.

Contact your insurance agent, providing them with relevant details if you were not at fault. They can assist with taking appropriate action.

Once the carpet and area are completely dry, use a large portable dehumidifier to eliminate any remaining dampness in the room. Keep the dehumidifier running for a few more days for added assurance.

Once everything is dry, have a professional patch in the damaged area of the carpet. Then, you can replace the furniture in the room.

By following these steps and acting quickly, you can salvage your water-damaged carpet and minimize potential long-term damage.

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