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Can my carpets be saved after severe water damage?  

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Carpets and area rugs can be difficult to salvage after a flooding incident. However, there is a chance your rug or carpet can be saved if you take quick action.

Steps for saving your carpet after a flood

1. Remove the water as soon as possible. The longer the water sits on your carpet, the more potential for mold and mildew to form. These organisms can start taking over in as few as 48 hours. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up as much water as possible.

2. Use fans to dry out the carpet. Keep fans running 24 hours a day for at least a week or more. Even though your carpet may feel dry on the surface, it's likely still wet near the base of the pile.

3. Use a dehumidifier to get excess moisture out of the room. Using a dehumidifier for a couple of weeks after the flood will help to inhibit mold and mildew growth.

4. Steam clean your carpet. This sanitizes and deodorizes your carpet.

Replace your carpet padding if necessary. Carpet padding is a lot more vulnerable to water damage and may have to be replaced, even if your carpeting weathers the storm. The good news is that the padding is much less expensive than the carpet itself.

To learn more about saving your carpets and getting your home back to normal after severe water damage, contact Service Master of Buncombe County today. We're available to help residents of Asheville, Black Mountain, Biltmore Lakes and other surrounding areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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