Whether it is an overflowing water heater, a broken laundry machine, or improperly sealed basement floor and walls that can lead to leaks, there are many ways a house can get flooded. Water damage can also be caused by things out of your control, including the weather.
Whatever the cause of flooding, water damage can wreak havoc on your home carpeting. Replacing carpet can be an expensive proposition. For example, one local carpeting company here in Canada charges between $199 and $499 plus tax, in basic labor charges alone. In certain situations, your soggy carpet is often salvageable.
Water-damage restoration to the rescue
Whether you were out of your home for an extended period of time, or maybe you have tried to suck up the water damage with a wet-dry vacuum, whatever the cause, all hope is not lost. According to North Carolina State University, if your carpet has been soaked for less than 48 hours and the water is clean, your carpet is still salvageable.
However, there are exceptions to this rule, specifically when water that has leaked is classified as “gray water”, which means it is unsanitary and must be professionally cleaned no matter what the circumstance. Gray water can be produced from dishwashers or washing machines, punctured water beds and broken aquariums. Black water, which comes from nearby rivers, streams, oceans and sewer or storm drains is also teeming with harmful bacteria and must be cleaned professionally. Click here to learn more about water damage water classifications and to understand the basics of water damage restoration.
When to call in the professionals
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having gray or black water in your home or business, always remember, this in never a DIY job and it always requires a professional. Handling gray or black water on your own can literally make you sick.
In an emergency, call a water damage restoration service near you. Roto-Rooter has multiple locations in Canada, and all of the high-tech equipment needed to properly restore your carpeting in the event of a flood or leak.