The Woodlands and Conroe Home Health: Carpet Cleaning After a Flood
No one likes the dirty, damp, musty carpet that results from water damages in Conroe or The Woodlands area homes. Depending on the type of carpeting and the padding, it can be very difficult to remove all of the water, likely leading to a mold infestation. It is important to understand best practices for cleaning up after flood damage.
How you go about cleaning your carpet will depend a great deal on the type of water that caused the damage. Below are the best tips and considerations from your locally owned SERVPRO of The Woodlands and Conroe:
Clean or “White” Water
If a water pipe bursts or a bathtub overflows, causing water damage, carpet cleaning is highly recommended. Prior to the actual cleaning, extract as much water as possible and begin the drying process. Using a shop vacuum, go slowly over every inch of the carpet several times until no more water is being released. Use high powered fans, and dehumidifiers to prevent mold in your Houston area home.
Once dry to the touch, use an upright carpet cleaner on affected areas with the correct amount of cleaning agent. Grid affected rooms and do small portions at a time, going over the carpet in opposing directions until the water extracted comes out clean. Allow carpets to dry thoroughly prior to bringing furniture back in. Use fans and dehumidifiers as mentioned above.
Gray water is water that comes from dishwashers, washing machines, or a roof leaks. Most industry professionals highly recommend professional cleaning for carpets affected by gray water. Depending on the amount of water that has soiled your carpets, a home upright carpet cleaner simply may not have enough power to rid carpets and padding completely of tainted water.
Remember, time is of the essence, particularly with this category of water. An overflowing dishwasher, for example, can leave you with carpets permanently smelling of last night’s dinner. The Woodlands SERVPROis available 24 hours a day for just such an emergency, to quickly clean your carpets before odors set in.
Black water is the term used to describe both sewage water and floodwaters, because of the potentially hazardous chemicals, bacteria, and viruses they can contain. Self-cleaning and professional cleaning are not recommended for carpets with this type of water damage. Often, both carpet and padding will need to be removed and replaced after proper cleaning, drying, and dehumidifying of your home, in order to prevent mold infestations and bacteria growth.
Call your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO if water damages your Conroe or Woodlands area home. Our experienced technicians have specialized training to help identify the right course of action, and the tools necessary to begin the water damage cleanup process immediately. Don’t delay; the longer the water remains on your carpet and upholstery, the greater the chance of permanent damage.
About The Woodlands-Conroe SERVPRO
SERVPRO of The Woodlands-Conroe is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewage backups, floods, fires, mold infestations, and other events happen. In addition to The Woodlands-Conroe, we also proudly serve surrounding communities.