Wet Carpet Drying and Flood Restoration | Brisbane
Flood damage to any degree is serious. Statistics show that 99% of water damage cannot be dried by DIY methods. Let us tell you some of things you may not already know about water damage;
- Wet Carpets – this is a very common request that we receive. But, if you think by soaking excess water up with towels will do the job, you better think again. Sure, after much effort and ceiling fans running on full speed for a few days, you will get the excess water off the surface. But the underside of your carpet is still wet (or damp at the very least) and this will not self- dry quick enough to beat mold and eventual rotting of your carpet backing.
- Damaged Carpet Underlay – a DIY will not dry the wet carpet underlay. Maybe you could lift the carpets, together with the underlay and hang the whole lot out to dry for a few days. But this action has a high probability of causing damage to the integrity of the underlay fibre and also the shape of your carpets. If you do manage to get it dried, you will then need to employ the services of a professional carpet layer to re-lay your flooring.
- Wet Sub Floors – Whether you have timber or concrete sub-floors, they both take time to dry. And again, they will not dry whilst they are covered with damp underlay and/or damp carpets. All those combinations result in an ongoing dampness odour through your home which in itself is bad enough. But things are worse than that, your carpets and underlay are rotting by the day and only when it is too late, will you realise just how bad it is because by the time you see damage on the carpets surface, it is really rotten underneath.
- Timber Flooring - A timber floor will expand when it is wet and shrink as it dries. Left for too long in a wet state, it is likely that when your floor is dried out, the boards will ‘squeak’ when walked over. We all know how annoying that is but do we all know how difficult and expensive it is to fix?
- Wet Skirting Boards – Very few of our clients understand how crucial it is that the skirting that runs along the bottom of your walls is completely dry. If that is left damp, it will slowly rot and in turn will weaken the base of your wall boards. You then have what could potentially be a serious and expensive problem.
- Wet Wall Boards – if your flood is maybe 1cm of water and you ‘mop up’ the water as best you can and do nothing further, it is likely that your wall boards will be wet and in more severe flooding, the internal wall cavities will also be wet. We have attended many homes that have had flood emergencies and found it necessary to remove the lower wall sheets (often on both sides of the wall) and dry out the wall cavities. But if we are able to get onto the problem promptly, the chances of saving the walls are much higher.
That is just the basics of the problems that water can create. There are a bunch more which involve framing issues, electrical and a selection of various health hazards to you and your family.
If you suffer any water damage, it is imperative that you get it remedied quickly. And it is crucial that you DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.
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