Following a flood in your home, some items can be salvaged, and some have to be removed for good. One of the items that can sometimes be salvaged is the carpeting in your home. However, this is on a case-by-case basis. If your home has flooded and you have carpeting, you may wonder how Carriage Cleaning Services determines which carpets can stay and which need to be tossed. Here are a few of the factors.


How Long the Water Has Been Sitting On The Carpet

One of the most important factors in determining if your carpet can be salvaged or if it should be discarded is how long the water sat on the carpet. Mold can begin to grow in 24-hours in hot weather and within 48-hours in warm weather. If water was sitting on your carpet longer than this, your carpet should be tossed. The risk of mold in carpet padding and carpets is too high and the risk is not worth saving a carpet over.


What Type of Water Flooded Your Home

Another factor that is looked at when determining if carpets can be salvaged after a flood is the type of water that was sitting on the carpet. Most water that floods into a home is classified as clear, grey or black. Black water is typically flood waters from rivers or lakes and sewage. These both contain high amounts of bacteria and germs and a carpet should always be tossed if they come in contact with these items. Grey is water that may not be clean, but does not have much bacteria, such as water from a washing machine or dishwasher flooding. The last type of water is clear water and is typically from a pipe bursting in your home. Carpets can usually be salvaged if grey or clear water floods your home.


The Age and Condition of Your Carpet

The last element that is looked at when determining whether your carpets can be salvaged after a flood is the age and condition of the carpet. Following a flood, carpets need to have water extracted from them and then use hot water extraction and steam methods to fully clean them. If your carpets are already in poor condition or are old, it may not be worth the cost to complete these tasks or the carpet may not hold up to them being done. As such, the age and condition play a role in whether your carpets should be salvaged after a flood.


If you have had a flood in your home, you need a cleaner who knows how to properly remove water and take care of the water damage. At Carriage Cleaning Services, we have experience helping homeowners in the Faribault, Lakeville, Burnsville, Apple Valley or Prior Lake, MN area clean up after a flood. We also offer carpet cleaning, pet odor cleaning, leather cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fire damage cleaning, mold remediation and tile cleaning services. When your home floods, call us as soon as possible to help with flood cleanup services