Thinking Of Keeping Carpet After A Flood? Consider These Factors

25 March 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


If you have had a flood in your home, you will want to have water damage cleanup done. This helps to remove the water and any bacteria and germs that live in the water, and it prevents mold from developing. When a flood occurs and drenches your carpeting, you may have the decision of having the damage company clean and keep your existing carpet or having it replaced. However, there are a few key factors that you should consider when making this decision. Here are a few of the factors that you will want to take into account when deciding whether or not to keep your carpet after a flood.

What Type of Water Flooded Your Space

One of the most important factors to consider when determining whether or not to keep your carpet after a flood is what type of water has been in contact with your carpeting. If the flood was caused by a sewage leak, and sewage has been sitting on your carpet, you should discard it. The cost of cleaning and restoring carpeting exposed to sewage is high and typically not worth it. On the other hand, if the water was clean water from a pipe bursting or a damaged water heater, you may decide to keep the carpet.

How Long Water Has Been Sitting on the Carpet

Another key factor that should come into play when deciding whether or not to keep carpeting after a flood is how long the water has been sitting on the carpet. The general-guideline is that you should replace carpets that have been exposed to flood water for 24 hours or longer. The reasoning behind this is that mold can begin to develop in as little as 24 hours and you don't want to have to deal with the possibility of mold in your home. However, there are other factors that may come into play. If the temperatures have been hot or you live in a humid environment, you may have less time. As such, it is important that you bring in a water damage cleanup company as quickly as you can when dealing with a flood.

The Age of the Carpet

When deciding whether to keep carpet after a flood, another factor to consider is the age of the carpet. Carpet has an average lifespan of 5 to 25 years, depending on the grade of carpet, what material it is made from, how much wear and tear it is exposed to and how well maintained it is. If your carpet is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may not make much sense to invest time and money into cleaning the carpet up and having it sanitized following a flood. However, if your carpet is newer and still has many years left, it may make sense.

The Cost of Cleaning Versus Replacement

The last factor you need to consider when deciding whether or not to have the carpet in your home cleaned or replaced after a flood is the cost to clean it versus the cost to replace it. Following a flood, the carpet and padding need to be removed from the space so that the sub-floor can be properly dried and cleaned. The carpet and padding are also properly dried. Once the sub-floor and carpet are dried, the carpet is reinstalled and then cleaned using professional carpet cleaning equipment to remove dirt and bacteria. It can be laborious and pricey, depending on the size of the room and the type of carpet you have. Always compare the prices of having the carpet removed, cleaned and reinstalled with the cost of having the carpet removed and new carpet laid.

Following a flood, you will have many decisions to make. One decision will be whether or not to repair or clean any carpeting that may have been soaked by the flood. Always consider whether the water that flooded the carpet was clean, how long it sat, your carpets age and how much cleaning versus replacement is. This will help you make the best decision for your home.


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