Walking into a carpeted room and hearing the squishing sound of puddled water slurping on your shoes can be an alarming and surreal experience. It can be a complete shock and instantly you know that you’ve got a problem to deal with.
Water damage in Utah is a bigger problem than most people are aware. Most folks think they can handle the water issue themselves, only to realize later that they should have called in professionals.
1. Identify the Source and Stop It
When you discover wet carpets, first try and find where it is coming from and then stop the source of the water. If there is a laundry room or bathroom closeby, check the water supply lines in those rooms. See if a toilet overflowed, or if your water heater is leaking. Is water coming down the walls underneath the paint? Maybe the source is a water line leak in the upstairs flooring. Also, your home’s foundation can be soaked causing water to permeate into your carpets and other parts of your house.
2. Move Items at Risk
If you have furniture, electronics or other belongings that are at risk for getting damaged by the water, remove them quickly. Maybe you have an antique dresser, boxes of your old stamp collections, or other household items you would like to keep safe. Go ahead and carry them out to dry ground. Saving an irreplaceable family heirloom can be priceless.
3. Call a Professional Water Damage Cleanup Company!
You might be tempted to grab some fans and call your neighbors, thinking you can save money and dry out your carpets yourself. However, by not calling in the professionals, you may be setting yourself up for failure and creating a bigger expense and health issue down the road.
Here are some of the mistakes that can take place when trying to tackle wet carpets by yourself.
First of all, it’s difficult to dry out carpets effectively and in a timely manner. We have specialized equipment that is designed to dry carpets fast and completely. Simply placing a fan in the room and having in rotate will not solve the problem. If you think you can dry out the carpet pad, you will likely be very disappointment. Pads are like sponges and soak up more water than carpet does. If any surplus water remains in your carpet, you will for sure end up with the growth of toxic black mold. This can put you and your family’s health in serious danger.
Next, you may not be able to see everywhere the water have traveled in your home. You might think that it is contained in your carpets, but that is usually not the case. Water will travel behind cavities, through subfloors and even up your walls. Your crawl space and other areas can be affected. One of the first tasks a professional water damage repair company will perform is a moisture assessment to determine precisely where the water has traveled. One cannot find all the water without sophisticated moisture detection equipment and expert training.
Another important need you will want to utilize is the use of dehumidifiers. If you lack a proper system of drying, you can actually cause more water damage! Evaporated moisture must be effectively trapped and removed with a dehumidifier. This keeps moisture from traveling to other areas of your home where mold growth can occur. As professionals, we determine the formula and type of dehumidifiers needed to prevent this. It is a big deal, trust us.
Last, is the risk of mold. Do you know how to stop it from growing? Even in the finest drying plans, it typically takes more time to dry out the affected area then it takes for the growth of black mold to begin. How can you prevent mold growth without the knowledge of structural drying and the use of state-of-the-art equipment? We have proven mold prevention steps we take to ensure there is no mold growth in and after the drying process.
We are on call for your wet carpet emergency not only in Salt Lake City but we also respond on any other water damage emergencies in Draper and Sandy. Call us 24/7 and our certified technicians will be on the scene quickly to help. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 801-269-0343.