How A Water Damage Restoration Company Might Need To Dry Out Your Floors
When your home has a flood from a burst pipe or a flooded yard, chances are your floor will also be affected. Water doesn't have to be very deep to ruin your carpet or wood flooring. Here's a look at how a water damage restoration company might go about drying out your floor.
Rugs May Be Taken Out To Dry
If you have an area rug on your floor, the water damage restoration company has to decide if it should be thrown out or saved. If the water was from a toxic source, they may want you to throw out the rug. Otherwise, the restoration company may take the rug to their building where it can be cleaned and hung to dry. Large area rugs need to be dried out quickly or they may grow mildew and musty odors that ruin the rug.
Carpet May Need To Be Pulled Up
If possible, your carpet might be treated as an area rug. The water damage restoration company may pull the carpet up and take it to hang in a dryer. One reason wet carpet often needs to be removed at least temporarily is that it's difficult to dry out the carpet pad and floor underneath it when the carpet is in place.
Once the carpet is pulled out, the carpet pad can be removed, and then the floor is dried with floor dryers to make sure the floor is completely dry before a new carpet pad is put down and the dry carpet is put back on. If the carpet is old, you may prefer to replace it with new carpet, especially if your insurance policy pays for it.
Flooring Needs To Be Dried Thoroughly
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it needs to be dried out thoroughly. Some flooring, such as planks and tiles, might need to come off if the water caused them to come loose.
If water gets under the flooring, the subfloor gets wet, and it has to be dried out, too. Ceramic tile floors and other floors that are sealed to keep water out may just need to be dried using water extractors and blow dryers. Wood flooring may need the water extracted using floor mats and then dried.
The water damage restoration company needs to make sure water is pulled from behind walls and other hidden places when drying out the floor. They may also want to set up a dehumidifier to pull dampness from the air so the floor dries quicker. Speed is important when drying your floor so mold doesn't have a chance to take hold.
Contact a water damage restoration company near you to learn more.