What to Do When Flood Damage in Boulder Damages Your Carpets
Who Do You Call When Your Carpets Are Damaged By Floodwater
When a home becomes flooded, due to a domestic leak or break, time is of the essence. The faster a restoration team can respond to the emergency, the better the chance of rescuing furnishings and possessions. It is particularly true for carpets, which are vulnerable to moisture and degrade quickly.
At SERVPRO, we have much experience restoring flood damage in Boulder homes. While many affected items are easier to remove and replace, carpeting can be expensive. Often, it is not financially viable for a homeowner to replace all of the water damaged carpets in the property, so it is our job to dry and clean them.
Keep reading to find out how our technicians approach the restoration of water-damaged carpets and subflooring.
Identifying the Type of Water Damage
The first question to ask is ‘What kind of water has intruded into the carpets?’ There are three possible categories. The first, Category One, includes clean water from a non-contaminated source. For example, a burst mains pipe is a clean source, because it is where you’d usually get your drinking water. Category Two describes water which is likely to contain chemicals, toxins, or bacteria.
This type of liquid is harder to remove from carpets because it has the potential to leave these nasty substances behind. Whereas it is possible to extract Category One water and consider the carpet restored, contaminated fabrics require further cleaning. Category Three water (sewage or water from an industrial source) is considered too contaminated for safe restoration. Removal and disposal are the only viable options.
Cleaning Damp Carpets
The SERVPRO technicians use hot water extractors to clean contaminated fabrics and subflooring. The heat creates steam, which raises the temperature of the carpet fibers and kills many of the germs. Biocides and detergents are also helpful in cases where contamination is moderate to heavy. However, in the most severe cases, the technicians are tasked with making a judgment as to whether it is safe to keep the carpet.
It is possible to clean washable throw rugs and other items in a high powered machine. We recommend you allow your soft items (pillows, stuffed animals, drapes, clothing, etc.) to move to our treatment facility. Once there, the sophisticated Esporta Washer appliance offers the most thorough and efficient cleaning method. It can rid your items of stains, debris, and any residual bacteria or toxins from the flood damage.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
If you are looking for help and support after a domestic flood, you can turn to the experts at SERVPRO of South Lafayette/Louisville. We provide a locally based service so that the needs of customers in the Boulder area get handled quickly. Call us 24/7 on (303) 604-6607.