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How to Clean Up Water Damage in Your Carpet

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You have water damage to your carpet. Now what? The first thing you should do for emergency water damage restoration services is to hire a water removal company. You do not want to attempt to clean water out of a carpet on your own unless you have experience.

To successfully clean up water damage, you need to have large fans and a dehumidifier to dry out the area. You also have to clean and sanitize the area after drying, to eliminate mold and prevent future growth. Hiring a professional company will allow you to take care of the situation quickly and effectively. Read our guide to learn more.

And remember: Urgent Restoration provides the best emergency water clean up services in Lakeland and central Florida. You can trust that we’ll get the job done right the first time and successfully. We have many years of experience in restoration under our belt and we’re on standby and ready to help you when you need it.

What Causes Water Damage in Your Carpet?

Before we talk about water damage restoration, there are a few things to know about water damage. First, are a few common causes of water damage around your home. Knowing these causes can make you more aware to know when something is wrong. Leaving water damage untreated for too long can lead to more issues and can make the damage irreparable.

  • Burst pipe
  • Natural disasters
  • Broken appliances
  • Blocked drains
  • Leaks
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You also want to be sure to keep an eye on your basement for any flooding. Oftentimes flooding can start in the basement. It’s also important to check the attic, especially after a heavy storm. Knowing the source of your water damage is important in cleaning it up.

How to Know if You Need Water Damage Restoration Services

If you have a lot of standing water on your carpet, chances are you are going to need these services. Some water damage can stay hidden until it starts growing mold, creating a much bigger problem.

However, there are some signs that you have experienced water damage somewhere in your home. Whether you have had a leak or a flood, there are many things that can cause water damage that stays hidden.

Look out for these things.

  • Higher water/utility bills
  • Running out of hot water more quickly
  • Loss of water pressure
  • The smell of mold or mildew
  • Water rings

Some of these things can get worse over time, so it is important to pay attention to these things. Taking care of them sooner than later can mean the difference between irreversible damage and an easier clean up process.

How to Get Water out of Your Carpet

The first thing you need to do is remove any water that is soaked into the carpet. This is usually done with a shop vac and/or a pump. Whether or not you will need a pump is dependent on how much water is covering your carpet. If it is submerged, you will need a pump. These two pieces of equipment can be bought or rented from your local hardware store.

However, when you hire a pro water removal company to do this for you, they will bring all the equipment that is necessary to properly clean up the affected area.

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When Should You Call a Water Removal Company?

After you have determined that you have water damage that needs restoration, you should start clearing the affected area. You should remove any furniture and valuables out of the way so that you can properly and effectively restore the area.

If anything was damaged because of the water leak or water source, you should either have it cleaned and sanitized or throw it away. Keeping furniture that has water damage can lead to more problems like mold and mildew.

Make sure any valuables that could get damaged by restoration services are removed from the area before you start. This also helps prepare the area for the rest of the process.

How Will the Technicians Clean up Water Damage?

There are a few steps that most companies will follow in order to properly remove the damage from water in your home. The equipment used from company to company may vary, but these are the steps they will take to effectively clean up.

Urgent Restoration uses industry standards when it comes to our equipment. We know that high-quality equipment will get the job done effectively the first time. These are the steps we take to remove water from your carpet.

1. Water Removal and Extraction

If your carpet is soaked, the first thing your technicians will do is pump the standing water. When the carpet is no longer submerged, they will assess the situation to see if shop vacs will be sufficient in extracting the rest of the water from the carpet.

The carpet padding may need to be replaced if your technicians are not able to dry it properly. When you work with Urgent Restoration, our technicians will assess the situation at each step and let you know what comes next.

2. Drying and Dehumidification

When all the standing water has been removed, your technicians will start drying the affected area(s). This step ensures that any remaining moisture in the area is removed. When you use a water damage contractor to do your restoration for you, they will bring equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to professionally dry and dehumidify the area.

This step is extremely important in ensuring the entire area is dry. If any moisture remains, your carpet and home will run the risk of mold and mildew growth.

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3. Cleaning and Sanitizing

This is the last part of the water removal process. Unfortunately, it is hard to do without a water removal company. When you hire a professional water damage contractor, they will help you clean any damaged belongings and use professional treatments for odor removal, sanitization, and deodorization.

Advantages of Hiring a Water Removal Company

Attempting to handle water damage restoration services on your own is a huge commitment and hassle. It takes much less time and effort on your part to hire a professional. There are so many advantages to working with a professional restoration contractor. These are just a few of the best benefits.

Insurance Assistance

For the most part, your homeowners’ insurance policy should cover water damage restoration costs. The one common case that does not get covered by homeowners insurance is flood damage. To get coverage for flood damage, you need specific flood insurance.

Your water removal company should be willing to help you handle your insurance claim. They should stay in contact with your insurance company throughout the entire process, from start to finish. When everything is wrapped up and the project is complete, your insurance company will pay your water damage contractor directly.

You can count on Urgent Restoration to take care of your insurance claim for you. Our goal is to make this process as easy for you as possible. We will take care of documenting the restoration process and billing your insurance company.

Emergency Water Damage Restoration Services

A big advantage to hiring a water removal company is that they can provide immediate, emergency services. If you try to clean up water damage yourself, it can be overwhelming and confusing, not to mention less effective. If water damage happens during the night, you may not be able to get the equipment that you need to sufficiently clean up your carpet.

When you need us, Urgent Restoration of Lakeland is available 24/7 to assist with any emergency restoration services. We are on standby ready to help, day or night.

More Convenient

In order to take on the task of water damage cleanup on your own, you have to track down a number of tools, equipment, and materials in order to complete the job successfully. Most of the time it ends up taking a lot more time and effort to try and take care of the damage yourself, especially if there is a leak. Leaving it to the professionals means that you can get on with your life while they take care of your water damage situation.

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Less Stressful

Leaving water damage clean up to the professionals will make you feel a lot less stressed and overwhelmed. All you have to do is call the company, schedule an assessment and the restoration services will start right away.

And companies like Urgent Restoration have industrial, high-quality equipment to quickly and effectively get the job done for you. Our main goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you. We want to take all the stress away by providing you with emergency services anytime you need them.

Why Choose Urgent Restoration of Lakeland?

If you need water damage clean up for your carpet, call Urgent Restoration of Lakeland. We can provide you with emergency leak detection services and other emergency water clean up services. Any water damage emergency that you need help with, we will be there. Just give us a call!

We are highly experienced in water damage restoration, leak detection, and mold remediation. You can trust our team to restore your life back to normal. All of our technicians are IICRC certified compliant and certifications are renewed each year.

We have 24/7 emergency response teams that are ready to act as soon as you call us. We are experts in water damage restoration in Lakeland and we can help you with your situation day or night. We have a decade of experience and have helped restore hundreds of homes from water damage.

Give us a call anytime. We’re on standby ready to help.


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