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Lebanon Home Suffered Water Damage? Don't Despair, Call SERVPRO for Help

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gloves and carpet cutter with Beige carpet and multi color pad pulled back from wall to check subfloor SERVPRO technicians test the fibers and check the pad and subfloor to determine if wet carpet can be dried in place.

Pros and Cons of In-Place Carpet Drying after Water Damage in Lebanon Homes

Most homeowners agree the carpet they have installed in their home is an investment. When water damage happens, their first thought may quickly go to the pain of replacing the floor covering. The good news is, if the water is clean and extraction efforts begin promptly, there is a good chance for restoration. 

SERVPRO technicians always try to limit disruptions within Lebanon homes after water damage; one way is drying the carpet and pad without removing it from the property. In cases where the carpet suffered a water spill, there are both pros and cons for drying it in place. 

Pros of Drying Carpet In-Place

  • Lessens upheaval in the home during mitigation
  • Furniture remains in place
  • Carpet has less potential for damage since it does not require removal and the seams do not require cutting
  • Deep cleaning restores the fullness to the fibers

Cons of Drying Carpet In-Place

  • This type of drying requires more equipment and often increases the drying time needed
  • Requires careful monitoring for mold growth
  • Requires close monitoring to ensure the subfloor does not receive damage from moisture; difficulty in drying the padding

Factors SERVPRO Considers Before Drying in Place

If the water cleanup efforts began later than 48 hours, the water has degraded and requires handling and possible disposal as a biohazard. Before technicians decide the drying and cleaning method, they test the fibers to determine the best application for cleaning and restoration. If there is evidence of subfloor damage or multiple layers of flooring, the carpet is not a candidate for in-place drying. 

The materials that make up the pad matter in determining whether or not to dry in place. If the organic fibers such as jute or hair are part of the construction of the pad, it requires special handling and is not a viable material for in-place drying. For saturated, foam-type padding, removal may be more expedient and less costly than utilizing the in-place drying method. 

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County at (908) 788-8770 cleans up and restores properties with water damage. We use the latest advanced methods and technology in the industry to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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