A flooded, wet carpet is something nobody wants in their home. That’s where we come into help.
Our carpet water damage restoration professionals are on-call 24/7 and serve the entire Dallas metroplex.
Our team will immediately work to dry your carpets, prevent mold growth, and repair any water damage to the carpets, surrounding baseboards and walls.
Call us now at (214) 643-8844 to return your flooded carpets back to normal!
What To Do If Your Carpet Is Flooded
Yes, any competent homeowner can handle drying their carpet after a small spill.
However, if the water damage was the result of a home flood or a persistent leak, cleanup and drying should be handled by a professional for several reasons:
- Mold can grow within 48-72 hours after your carpet becomes wet, which can be a health hazard if you come into contact with it.
- Depending on the source of the water, it could contain contaminants or bacteria.
- Improper carpet cleaning or drying can actually void the warranty.
With that said, there are some steps you can take to minimize the damage while you’re waiting for a professional carpet water damage crew to arrive.
Step 1: Find and Shut Off the Source of Water (If You Can)
If you can easily see where the water is coming from, like a leaking sink, shut off the water supply valve to the appliance or pipe.
Sometimes the source of the water is hard to find. For instance, it could be a leaking pipe behind a wall, underneath a cabinet, or behind an appliance.
If you can’t find it, you can shut off the main water supply valve to your house or wait for a professional.
Step 2: Clean Up the Water
Grab towels and try to clean up as much water as you can.
Use a wet vac if you have access to one. These are the most effective tools for removing water, and can be rented at a hardware store or provided by a water extraction company.
Step 3: Speed Up the Carpet Drying Process
Set up fans at full blast around the room and point them towards the floor.
Place an industrial-grade dehumidifier (small, personal ones won’t cut it) in the center of the room and use it at the highest setting possible for at least 24 hours.
You can also open windows and doors to allow for more airflow. However, you’ll want to keep them closed if the outside air is more humid than the inside air.
Step 4: Move Items to a Dry Area
Move furniture, rugs and other valuables to a dry area of the home if possible.
Step 5: Document the Damages
Take photos or videos of the source of the water, your water damaged carpeting, and any other affected belongings.
This will help during the insurance process later on.
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The quick answer: yes, but it depends on the cause.
Most insurance policies cover water damage resulting from “sudden and accidental” causes. If, for example a pipe broke or your washing machine overflowed onto your carpet and you need flood damage cleanup, insurance will cover the costs.
However, most insurance companies will not cover water damage cleanup or repair costs if they can prove the damage resulted from negligence or lack of repairs.
Here’s a scenario: let’s say you knew your ceiling was leaking and you didn’t do anything about it. It’s been going on for the course of a year and now you finally want to take action once you become irritated to how its affected the carpeting and walls. In this scenario, they might not accept your claim.
If you have questions about the insurance process, call us now. As a local water damage restoration company, we negotiate with insurance companies all the time and can help you get the most out of your water damage claim.
Every water damage situation is different from the next. Because of this, there is no set-in-stone price for carpet water extraction or water damage restoration services.
The national average cost for water damage restoration is $2,700. This is simply for the drying and water extraction services and doesn’t include any reconstruction efforts (like replacing carpeting or drywall).
Again, the above is just a ball-park figure. The costs can fluctuate depending on the factors listed below.
Carpet Water Damage Cost Factor #1: The Type of Water
Carpet water damage restoration companies classify water damage into 3 different categories based on their hazard level.
- Clean water (CAT 1): This water contains little to no hazards and usually comes from a clean water source, like a broken or leaking pipe. The cost to cleanup property affected by this type of water is $3.75 per square foot.
- Grey water (CAT 2): Some bacteria or chemical contaminants are present within this type of water. Examples of CAT 2 water include dishwasher chemical discharge or toilet backups that contain urine. The average cleanup costs for this are usually in the $4.50 per square foot range.
- Black water (CAT 3): This is the most hazardous, and therefore the most expensive, type of water to cleanup as it contains high levels of bacteria and usually contains raw sewage. Costs to cleanup CAT3 water are around $7 per square foot.
Carpet Water Damage Cost Factor #2: How Much Water Is Present
Restoration companies determine their pricing using the volume of water and usually how many rooms it spread to. For example, extracting water from the carpet in one room is cheaper than drying an entire house that suffered from a flood.
Cost Factor #3: Extent of Carpet Water Damage
The more damage, the higher the cost. Simply drying a flooded carpet that sustained damage from a clean water source (with no other damages done) will be much cheaper than re-carpeting an entire room or replacing crumbling drywall.
Cost Factor #4: Reconstruction Materials
The type of reconstruction materials will also affect the price. For instance, if you need imported Italian marble replaced, it’s going to cost a lot more than using standard materials.