What Happens to Carpeting Ruined by Water Intrusion?

To restore water damaged carpeting or not to restore? That’s the question. The answer depends first and foremost on the type of water damage. Carpeting both attracts and retains water and is a source of latent moisture as well as damaging humidity as long as it remains inside the house. Often, the decision to restore water damaged carpeting or discard it is one of the first issues a water damage recovery professional must resolve.

Water inundation is generally categorized by its original source:

  • White water originates from a sanitary municipal source. In most homes, a common cause of a white water inundation is a ruptured indoor water supply line. Generally speaking, white water can be extracted from carpeting and the carpet successfully dried. In most cases, however, the carpet must be raised and saturated padding removed and discarded.
  • Gray water is usually unsanitary drain water that has escaped pipes or overflowed sources like kitchen sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines. Carpeting affected by a gray water spill may be saved under certain circumstances, chiefly dependent upon time and the nature of the spill. Water extraction and application of disinfectants must begin within 12 hours, before any pathogens or microbes have developed. In addition, if the water damage originates from an overflowing toilet or other source of potential biological contaminants like human waste, the carpeting should be replaced rather than restored.
  • Black water comes from indoor sources like a backed-up sewer or outdoor flood waters that may have been contaminated by sewage before entering the house. Raw sewage is always considered unsanitary and toxic. Any carpeting or other absorbent materials contacted by black water should be immediately removed from the home and discarded in a manner consistent with local codes.

For professional advice about water damaged carpeting, contact the professionals at Rytech.

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