Water Damage Rug Treatment – Sanitation NYC
Rejuvenating a rug after falling victim to flooding or leakage problems can be tricky. Water damage restoration is an attempt to salvage rugs subjected to flood or leaks. Because of the knowledge, experience, and tools available, hiring experts is the best decision, saving people and items you treasure.
Depending on the time lapse between damage and clean-up, and the amount of water exposure, the process can take one afternoon or several days. If a rug has been wet for more than 24-hours, having an expert technician, who can do the job effectively and efficiently saves time and limits damage.
Water damage technicians start by extracting water. This essential step is done immediately. The urgency spares potential disfiguration of property and depending on the type of water, the health of the occupants. The longer water remains, the more likely the chance of bacteria, mildew, and mold growth. Basement water damage has twice the concern because of humidity that naturally occurs there. Humidity doubles the likelihood of bacteria, mildew, and mold growth.
After water removal, technicians begin the salvaging process. Flood-affected items need to be removed and inspected for cross contamination and mold. A carpet cleaning company can clean and sanitize carpets and upholstery.
Technicians will look for hidden pockets of saturation. Flood waters sometimes leak into building structures such as wood, drywall, and side beams. The water wreaks havoc in the form of splitting, warming, discoloration, and the emission of musty odors.
Deodorization and sanitation processes address cross contamination that leads not only to mildew and mold but various cardiovascular and respiratory problems. Everything must be cleaned thoroughly after serious water damage to bring the premises back to pre-loss condition.
To Discard or Not to Discard
It is possible that a rug may need to be discarded. The technician will identify the source of the water damage. If the water is comparatively clean sanitary water, the rug does not have to be discarded. Damage from black water or water that is contaminated, unsanitary, and unhealthy means disposing of the rug. Required cleaning is evaluated on an individual need-basis.
Unsanitary flooding demands the use of disinfectants to protect human health. If you suspect or know that water is contaminated by biological or chemical pollutants or sewage, OSHA requires containment and personal protective equipment. An experienced professional is needed in contaminated situations.
When dealing with sanitary water excess, the rug is restored to its previous condition after the water source is eliminated. The carpet must be allowed to dry completely with minimal traffic. A wet/dry vacuum system, fans, and open windows speed the drying process to reduce mold growth. If a dehumidifier is used, all windows must be closed.
After the water is extracted and the rug has dried, the technician will steam clean the rug to properly deodorize and sanitize. Sanitary water exposure means replacing any padding under the rug. That option is much less expensive than replacing the rug.