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Removing Water from a Flooded Carpet

Excess water from an plumbing problem or disaster can flood your home. Getting all of the moisture out of the rug can be a challenge. This guide is about removing water from a flooded carpet.

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May 17, 2007 Flag
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I have flood damage to my carpeted floor and need advice. I fell asleep while running a bath and the tub ran over for about an hour, the carpeted floor ended up being flooded by almost 2 inches. I have been vacuuming and running both a heater and 2 fans on the floor but it is still somewhat wet, my guess would be from the padding, the floor underneath is particle board. Should I pull up all the carpet and padding or should I just keep doing what I am doing to try and dry the floor? Any advice would be awesome. This is a complete emergency for me. Thanks in advance for your advice and helpful hints.

Igmommy from TN

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

I had a water heater burst in an old apartment. The landlord called Servepro and they fixed everything. I have no idea how much it cost, but they did a great job. Personally, I'd be willing to hire the job out because I'd be terrified of really screwing up and having to deal with the resulting mold...

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May 18, 20070 found this helpful

If you have ... a shop vac or rug shampoo machine, they will help to extract water. You still need to run fans to help dry things out.

It is amazing how much water can be extracted ... over and over. Can you tell I had a water problem once?

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May 18, 20070 found this helpful

As was said you have to pull everything up. Your particle board will be shot as it expands and separates when wet

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May 19, 20070 found this helpful

All of these answers are great, thank you to you to the ladies and gents for helping me with this huge problem. i ended up following most of the advice but in the end, i had to turn it in to my homeowners insurance. thanks alot though and have a wonderful weekend

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June 4, 2006 Flag
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When you wash stains from your carpet, what is the best way to remove the water?

Thank You So Much!

Ronda S from Clarksburg, WV

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June 4, 20060 found this helpful

If using a carpet cleaning machine, run the clean, empty machine over the area, and it will extract excess water from the carpet. keep doing it until you do not see water coming out into the machine.

If doing by hand over a small area, put paper towels (2-3 thicknesees) or rags, and blot, continuing until the towels/rags are barely damp.

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