Carpet Wet? Dry it to Avoid Mold
You have a wet carpet, for whatever reason. First, you need to determine if the carpet and pad are both salvageable. If you pull back the carpet (tip: start at the corner of room), and the pad is soaked, you will need to pull up the carpet and completely remove all padding. Chances are the carpet will also need to be replaced.
If the carpet is completely soaked and/or it is more or less submerged in water, it is best to have the carpet and pad beneath it removed as soon as possible. The time and labor involved in getting it dry, and the chance of mold developing are too costly, and a danger to your health. Once the carpet and pad are removed, make sure the floor is completely dry before installing a new pad and carpeting.
If it is Salvageable:
If you determine that it is possible to save the carpet and pad, you can take the following steps to dry the wet carpet and avoid mold that could develop:
- Soak up the excess water with towels and/or a wet/dry vacuum. If you don’t own a wet/dry vacuum, you can rent one from one of the big-box hardware stores.
- Run a dehumidifier in the room, along with box fans. The fans will keep air circulating in the room, and the dehumidifier will soak up the moisture in the air.
- If it is not humid outside, open the windows too. This will provide a good cross-breeze that will help dry the carpet.
Results of a Wet Carpet and Pad
The longer the carpet is wet, the faster it will go bad. The carpet glue in the backing starts to break down, and bubbles or wrinkles appear in the carpet. It becomes a breeding ground for mold. The same applies to a carpet that is not completely dried after being wet.
Also, if the pad beneath the carpet is not dried out completely, it eats away at the carpet backing, provide a breeding ground for mold, and damage the floor underneath. It may end up costing you more to save the carpet and padding beneath.
If you have a wet carpet and are not sure what course of action you want to take, the flooring professionals at Just Around The Corner in St. Louis, MO can help you arrive at a solution that works for you.