Water Damage Restoration
USA Carpet is growing into more sophisticated areas. We are actively pursuing certification and expertise in the field of Water Damage Restoration.
The Carpet Cleaning Industry shares equipment and expertise with several other disciplines- namely Upholstery, Mattress, Rugs, and Tile and Grout cleaning. Water Damage Restoration is also a closely related field.
In the event of a water pipe break of flooding situation what should the home owner do?
First of all- stop the source of the water and take immediate steps to dry all affected wet areas.
Your timing is very important !
Each day that this condition exists makes the issues, dangers, and expense much greater. For instance:
An clean water overflow from a bathtub is an easy dry-and-fix if it is attended to within the first 72 hours of occurrence.
It is called a Category 1/ clean water intrusion. At this point all materials may be dried and reused.
After 72 hours this same situation escalates to a Category 2/ gray water condition. Now the water contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, and physical contamination with the potential of causing discomfort or sickness in humans. At this point carpet padding must be removed and replaced. The same implications apply to your belongings and other affected materials.
After 48 more hours this situation escalates to a Category 3/ black water condition. The water now is considered pathogenic, and personal protection is required on anyone working in its proximity. All porous and semi-porous materials affected must be removed. All carpet must be discarded.
The equipment and efforts needed grow considerably more complex, involved, and expensive as conditions escalate.
This summary is a very abbreviated synopsis of the efforts to restore a flooded area. There are special tools for restorers beyond the standard "suck-and-dry" equipment that professional Carpet Cleaners own. These include Air-Scrubbers, Moisture Sensors and Meters, De-humidifiers, and other measuring and drying accessories. The body of knowledge needed to effectively use this equipment is also quite extensive.
If you ever find a flooding situation too much to handle at home you can call USA Carpet to dry out flooded areas for you. We can pull up carpet and dry under and over the sub-floor, and in most cases we can also re-install it too.
Remember- Your timing is very important!