It’s horrible to be wandering through your house and the feel is squelching underneath your feet as you realise that your carpet is now soaked with water. Carpet that is saturated for any length of time can become a breeding ground for mildew and mould. What do you do? Well the first thing to do is not to panic. The second thing to do is to call a water damage restoration company but here are a few things you can do it yourself to mitigate the damage before they arrive.
- The first thing you should always do is open up the windows if only to begin with. The more airflow you can get into the room the better. All items that have any contact with the carpet including beds, boxes and other things should be removed from the room.
- You will need a vacuum that can suck up water and without pressing too hard, that will cause the water to spread further throughout the room, start to vacuum on the water. This may take several attempts.
- If possible get several large box fans and set them in the four corners of the room blowing air from the room. This will help drive a carpet more rapidly.
- If you have access to a dehumidifier that will help get rid of moisture even faster. You have to use both the fans and the dehumidifier over several days to be sure that you got rid of all the water. Eventually the carpet should become dry. Be aware though that without calling in a professional and without tearing up the carpet you can never be sure you got all the moisture just by doing these things.
The Romans were innovative inventors, apart from other things. One invention was under floor heating. What a luxury to have, warm floors on cold nights or mornings. No more fear about leaving the bed in the mornings because the floor is too cold to step on. For most of us, under floor heating isn’t a luxury we have. if you suddenly find your self with warm flooring such as your tile floor in you kitchen is warm or hot, do not be content. This is not a sign that your luck has changed and you have a magically warm floor now, you have a serious water and damage happening under the floor.
Thee best thing you can do is to call a water damage restoration company immediately, Having unexpected hot or warm flooring could be a sign of a water pipe or pipes bursting under the floor boards. To help stop the chance of flooding you should go and turn the water off at the main. If you have any difficulties locating where that is you should call your homeowners association or the company who built your home to help you locate it.
If your floors are not unexpectedly warming up your footsies and are instead stubbing you, you may have a pipe burst under the floor beds as well. Lifting, rising, warping floors are also a major sign of possible water damage and pipes bursting.
Floors that were once smooth and level but now uneven and slightly attacking your feet need to be handle in the same way. Call a water damage restoration company and soon as possible.