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Does Carpeting Need Removal After Water Disasters?

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet folded back Water can quickly damage the flooring in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Damage to the flooring is typical with water disasters and requires mitigation solutions like moisture removal, but often demolition and replacement in more advanced stages of exposure.

Flooring can often be one of the first materials in your Glendale home compromised by water disasters. Pooling on the floors can quickly turn into the absorption of these materials like carpet and wood planks. While wood can have lower permeance than fibers of the carpet, this flooring material can still ultimately become oversaturated without extraction and drying. Removing trapped water in carpeted floors involves multiple tools including:

  • Carpet Wands
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Air Movers
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Floor Mat Drying Systems 

More often, with substantial loss situations, water damage repair in Glendale homes is necessary. When our team first arrives, assessment of the flooring conditions can determine when padding or carpet layers must be removed and discarded. It can often become more cost-efficient to replace these materials than to clean and dry them after prolonged exposure. Eliminating saturated layers above the subflooring can often allow for more efficient drying of this underlayment and base layer to prevent costlier reconstruction and repairs. 

How Likely is Irreparable Subflooring Damages? 

Prolonged exposure of the surface layers of carpeted floors leads to migrating moisture that saturates the OSB board, plywood, and other underlying materials to support the floor's weight and traffic. If acted upon quickly, our SERVPRO team can recognize the upper layers' oversaturation to focus on drying subflooring materials directly. Removal and discarding of carpet and padding can allow for the placement of drying mats to draw out moisture before irreparable damages occur. 

Whether it is damaged flooring or the need for surface water removal, you can count on our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale team to help. Give us a call anytime at (323) 255-1000.

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