Mendham Homes Are Rescued with Rapid Water Removal
Are Carpets and Area Rugs a Loss from Water Damage?
Since a water spill follows the path of least resistance, water damage tends to hit flooring the hardest, particularly porous items such as carpet and padding. The big question from homeowners is if the carpeting is restorable, and some factors affect the outcome.
Whether or not water damage in Mendham is to the carpeting or area rugs, the loss depends first and foremost on the type of water spill. Clean water results from plumbing failures and is the most restorable type. We can often restore carpet soaked by gray water events such as an overflow from a sudsy washing machine. If the property owners requests, we do remove the carpeting. However, carpet exposed to black water, which comes from sources such as groundwater or sewer backups, cannot be mitigated and poses health and safety issues. If property owners wait more than 48 hours to begin cleanup efforts on clean water in a home, we handle it as black water due to the potential for contaminants.
Other factors that determine the restorability of carpeting is how quickly the extraction efforts began. We used different types of equipment, such as our portable pumps with weighted extractors to push the water out of carpeting or our Rover ride-on wet vacs that use the weight of the SERVPRO technician to push water up and out of carpet and padding.
Our technicians hold specific certifications in restoration sciences as taught by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and they possess specialized training for drying carpets in place. A common technique called "floating" is often used. In this application, we loosen the carpeting on one side, and air movers are positioned to drive air throughout the underside of the carpet and over the padding. This method causes embedded moisture to rise and speeds drying times. In some cases, we uninstall carpeting for drying outside of the property. Once the carpet attains drying goals confirmed through moisture readings, we perform any needed odor control to ensure the home retains no odors from the water.
SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County works to mitigate water damage in properties and limit loss through our restoration techniques. Call us at (973) 895-5000, and our technicians can make it "Like it never even happened."