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Are There Several Ways to Remove Water from Wet Carpets?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry carpet Did your carpet experience water damage? Call SERVPRO to restore your home.

Our SERVPRO professionals can offer a variety of water removal solutions for saturated flooring in your Wilmington home. 

 Taking care of damp and saturated flooring in your Wilmington home is a priority for property owners because of how quickly wet surfaces can degrade and deteriorate. There is a finite timeline to salvage and restore materials like carpeting, and that timeline begins at the first exposure to migrating water damages. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with a fast response designed to remove water and dry up affected areas of the property as soon as possible.

 Water removal in Wilmington homes requires dozens of extractors and various tools and machines. With an extensive inventory of industry-leading equipment, we can meet the demands of your house through actions like moisture removal from carpets and padding, but also drying out structural cavities, drywall, and full flooring systems. 

 What Options Exist for Protecting Carpeted Floors After Water Losses? 

 Knowing what the carpeted floors in your home need after a water loss involve some thorough evaluation by our competent professionals. It is always our intention to complete restoration tasks as efficiently as possible. It hinges on a complete understanding of what actions are necessary to return materials and areas of the house to preloss conditions. With varying degrees of damage, restoration might encompass one or more of three general practices: 

  • Extraction - Water removal in Wilmington is an intricate task that involves many cutting-edge tools and machines available to our technicians. Several potential extractors can help with removing water from carpeting, including carpet wands and weighted extraction units.
  • Drying – If a carpet can get salvaged after water exposure, this restoration relies on thorough drying practices. In many cases, centrifugal air movers are vital in this effort, as it can work on drying both the top layer and the padding simultaneously with the right position. 
  • Reinstallation – Tear-out and reinstallation are always among our team's last resort strategies. We do have competent contractors in-house that can help oversee repairs, controlled demolition, and reinstallation of new materials as necessary.

 What Tools Are Best for Extracting Water from Carpets? 

  •  Carpet Wands - Carpet wands cannot remove all the water trapped in the fibers of flooring, but it can remove enough where other drying efforts can be more productive.
  • Wet Vacuums - Much like on hard surfaces, wet vacuums are ideal for removing both surface water and trapped moisture, and carpet fibers to make drying efforts take less time.
  •  Weighted Extractors - Using the technician's weight in either stationary or ride-on models, weighted extractors force moisture to the surface by squeezing the top layer and padding against the subflooring. 

 What is Necessary to Dry Damp Carpeting? 

 Drying damp carpeting can be a challenge even after substantial extraction has taken place. We have multiple tools to remove moisture trapped in fibers and padding before it can soak through the subflooring materials. Choosing the right approach for drying your carpet can save time and money on the restoration that your property needs after water loss incidents. Some of the useful drying tools we use are: 

  •  Centrifugal Air Movers - Air movers offer high-velocity blasts of heated air directed at specific points in saturated materials. By placing centrifugal air movers between the top layer of carpeting and the padding, we can simultaneously dry both layers to offer a more efficient water removal solution.
  •  Desiccant Dehumidifiers - Much like centrifugal air movers, desiccant dehumidifiers work to reintroduce heated, dry air back into the moist environment or saturated materials like the carpeting. These dehumidifiers are also vital to manage increasing moisture content concerns.
  •  Floor Mat Drying System - When moisture concerns have passed the padding layer and reached the subflooring, there is often little we can do to protect the top layers of carpeting, and they must get discarded. To preserve and salvage the subflooring, such as plywood or OSB, we can slowly utilize drying mats to draw out moisture to the acceptable parameters.

 Can SERVPRO Reinstall Carpet? 

 With a full team of in-house residential contractors, we can offer efficient controlled demolition and quality reinstallation of removed flooring and structural elements. Our licensed professionals can help to provide a seamless transition between mitigation, like drying and extraction, and the reconstruction and repairs that your home might need after that. 

 Regardless of how severe water losses might be, our SERVPRO of New Hanover team can help to make it, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (910) 762-8180.

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