How to Dry Wet Carpet Pad
While rugs have been made for thousands of years, it has only been in the last century that an added layer of material has been placed underneath which today we call carpet pad. Carpet padding has two major purposes, it allows a soft and comfortable feel under your feet and it extends the life and appearance of your carpet. Not all carpet padding is created equal and wet carpet pad from any source of water such as an overflowing toilet or tub or broken water pipe will need to be dried out to avoid bad smells and possible mold damage in the home. How to dry wet carpet pad after flooding is of vital importance.
The construction of carpet pad has varied over the years, first being comprised of cattle and horse hair than comprised of the jute plant and today most are synthetic materials with differing thickness and weight. The materials that are used in today’s carpet pad are much better than from years ago and some even are marketed with a protective layer that allows them to be less susceptible to mold and mildew.
In home accidents are an inevitable and a natural occurrence and when they result in the saturation of your carpet padding with water it is important to dry them as quickly as possible. If left to itself saturated carpet pad can remain wet for days resulting in pungent smells and germ amplification. Wet carpet pad is always a concern when any type of flooding takes place in a home because it is very difficult to dry and sometimes it is not worth drying and should be discarded and replaced.
Guidelines to dry wet carpet pad
Not all wet carpet pad should be saved and some wet pads cannot be dried with normal drying practices. Take for instance a very popular carpet pad that several of the big name corporations are promoting as being the best for a finished basement. It is a pad that has a plastic waterproof top layer that serves to only trap water and it cannot be removed. Professional water extraction units will vacuum water from the carpet but the plastic layer on top of the wet carpet pad will keep water from being extracted from the pad, leaving it wet. In these situations the carpet has to be lifted and the wet padding physically removed. In some cases professional restoration companies fail to examine the wet pad and assume they are removing the water when the carpet is being extracted but they are not. Days later when the customer’s home stinks and moisture is still present the carpet is lifted and finally the truth of a plastic pad is discovered.
How to dry wet carpet pad
If you need to dry wet carpet pad, it isn’t a complicated procedure, but it will take time to adequately accomplish. Whether the wet carpet pad is from an overly wet carpet cleaning, flood, or other form of water damage, carpet pad must be dried if smells and mold is to be averted. While it is recommended to contact a professional water restoration company if you have a completely flooded basement of wet carpet and pad, the guidelines explained here will be effective for smaller areas of wet carpet pad.
Water removal is the first step in drying wet carpet pad. First disengaged the carpet by using a pair of pliers to lift the carpet carefully from the tackles strip and peel the carpet back allowing the wet pad to be accessed. Using a shop vac begin to extract the water. If the area is not very large and you do not have a shop vac try using dry towels to blot and absorb to remove water from pad.
Once you have removed the water from pad it is beneficial to apply an anti-microbial agent like Lysol or odo-ban to kill germs and help with bad smells.
Once water removal and disinfecting steps are completed than the last step of air movement can begin. Because rapid air movement forces water to become a vapor find a box fan to place directly in front of the wet padding, but not on the wet padding. Water and electrical objects do not mix and electric shock can occur if you are placing a fan on wet pad. If there is a window that can be opened to allow for ventilation, this too can help dry wet pad. Give this technique about 24 – 48 hours and you should be completely dry. Once the wet pad has become completely dry the carpet can be laid back down on the pad.
When wet carpet pad should be removed
The time carpet pad remains wet and the source of the water will determine if your wet carpet pad should be saved. If the carpet padding has been wet for over 48 hours from a fresh water source like a broken water pipe, than padding can be safely dried.
However, if the water that has made your pad wet came from a drain or foundation leak than the wet pad should be removed and replaced because it is contaminated beyond the scope of being saved. If your carpet padding is wet and you would just rather contact a professional than give Action Extraction a call today. 586-949-4448