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How To Tell If Your Flood Covered Carpet Can Be Saved

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Tell If Your Flood Covered Carpet Can Be Saved Bedroom carpet soaked due to a pipe break in an Ivins, UT home

How To Tell If Your Flood Covered Carpet Can Be Saved

After a flood in Ivins, UT, many people want to know if they can save their carpets. Sadly, there is no quick and easy answer to this question. That is because there are three categories of flood water ranging from a pipe break to an overflowing river. The ability to save a carpet differs with each water type.

Clean Water

This type of water is considered clean because it contains no outside chemicals or soaps. The liquid often comes from uncontaminated water sources such as

  • A broken hot water heater
  • A ruptured pipe
  • A garden hose

The rugs can generally be saved in the first 24 hours when flooded with this water; it simply needs to have the water extracted. Once both the carpeting and pad are dried, they can be relayed.

Gray Water

Clean water from a pipe break that sits for more than 24 hours becomes labeled as gray water. This type of water can also come from dishwashers, washing machines, or showers, and the water typically carries some type of chemicals, bacteria, or mold. The carpet can often be saved if it is relatively new and has soaked in the flood water for less than a 48-hour period. Gray water covered pads must usually be thrown away, however.

Black Water

Black water is filled with unknown bacteria, fecal matter, and other contaminants that typically cause the flood covered rugs to be beyond restoration. Any flood water that sits for more than 48 hours is also considered black water due to the mold, bacteria, and viruses that can grow in the water. Once soaked with black water, both the carpeting and padding must generally be replaced.

If you have any questions about what type of flood water you are dealing with, call in a water remediation team to test the water; and remember, your best chance of saving your carpeting is within the first 24-hour window. That is true even after a pipe break.

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