Wet Carpet Drying & Health Dangers
Do you have a leak that’s turned into a massive wet carpet problem in your home? Be it an overflowing toilet; water heater sprung a leak, rain poured in through a hole in your roof or any other flooding disaster that took place. Wet carpet requires attending to as soon as possible.
Call the flood experts Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Auckland Flood Services on 0800 783 266. Servicing since 1988 in South Auckland, North Shore, East, West Auckland, and Hibiscus Coast.
Flood Emergency Action
If you start the clean-up process quickly, you can limit the damage the water has caused. As soon as it’s safe to do so and the water levels are below the level of your home, begin assessing the damage.
Before starting, remove electronics, furniture, and other movable items to a dry area (outside of the most sterile area available). Open all of your windows and doors to allow air into the house.
If the damage is severe, carpet removal may be required. In most cases of flooding, the underlay will need to be removed and replaced as it is much more challenging to restore. Underlay acts as a sponge and retains water, and even if the carpet is restored, the damp underlay is likely to grow fungi such as mould and mildew.
If you don’t have access to power, then the old-fashioned approach will have to do. Use a bucket to collect and dispose of water manually, and a mop to remove the excess as much as possible.
A wet and dry vacuum cleaner will save you a lot of time and effort and will extract more floodwater than a mop and bucket. For high-volume water removal, look for a heavy-duty model with a drainage system, such as the Vacmaster WD 50 or for domestic water removal, look for one that has a smaller capacity but still has a drainage port, such as the Vacmaster Power 30.
Drying Carpets and Building
This is a process that can take weeks, months or even longer without taking action. If your central heating system has been checked and confirmed safe to use by an engineer, then set the temperature to 20-22 degrees centigrade to help the process along.
To speed up the process, use a dehumidifier or air mover to dry your home. Increasing ambient airflow is proven to be more effective than heat alone at reducing drying times. An air mover offers a practical and economical alternative to using heaters to dry large areas fast, including wet carpets, plaster, concrete or paint. When doing this, keep doors and windows open during the day, but remember to close them when you leave if you’re running them overnight.
If you have access to power, vacuum up remaining wet debris (be sure to use a vacuum that is designed to collect wet rubble and debris). If there is no power to your property, sweep away the trash.
It’s important to disinfect surfaces contaminated by floodwater. This includes enclosed spaces such as fitted wardrobes, kitchen cupboards, and areas under floorboards. This can be done using hot water, a brush and your choice of household disinfectant.
Carpet Laying and Repairs
Carpet laying and stretching will be required by experts when the carpet is not glued down.
Water Damage Remediation
In severe cases, you may need to get restoration, redecoration and repair quotes. Water-damaged plasterboard, ceilings, and furniture may require professional restoration. Rated People, TrustMark Tradesmen and Trusted Traders are all excellent sites to use when looking for local tradespeople.
Flood Restoration Auckland
When a leak starts to occur, the size of the leak at the beginning does not matter due to it being able to escalate quickly; this can produce water damage that cannot be seen. This needs to be dealt with urgently because of these factors, and the damage it is doing to your property can be unnoticeable and traumatic. If repair and restoration start early, this can lower cost and lower disruption to you. This just doesn’t apply to water leaks; it also applies to widespread flood damage.
All of Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet Drying service flood restoration specialists at Auckland Preservations are fully qualified and have the ability required to repair any task put at hand.
Water doesn’t just corrode, but can also provoke life forms such as bacteria and mould, to breed and spread. There are also other worrying effects, such as swelling walls that have taken in large amounts of water which can cause damage. Furthermore, if water manages to get into electrical components, the problems can arise.
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