Does water damage ruin carpet and pad? When a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound? Questions like these fuel debates that can last a lifetime. Having said that I’ll give you Restorex Disaster Restoration’s opinion on the matter. (On carpet and pad that is, not on whether a tree makes a sound…although it does, right…? My head hurts…)

You’ve heard this before but the short answer to this question is no, however it’s not always that simple. To truly understand whether carpet/pad is ruined or not, you must first understand the different categories of water.

For most water damage scenarios just follow the rule of thumb that if the water affecting the carpet/pad is clean water (category 1) it can be saved, if it’s black water (category 3) it must be removed and replaced.

The most common scenario where the carpet/pad debate comes into play is when dealing with a sump pump backup in a finished basement (gray water/category 2). As long as the customer has discovered the water damage relatively quickly (within 1 or 2 days) Restorex Disaster Restoration removes the water using our high powered water extractors, applies a plant based antimicrobial spray to help prevent mold growth and then dries both the carpet/pad in place. Once the dry out is complete we have a carpet cleaner clean and deodorize the area. Piece of cake.  Watch a Quick video on how to dry wet carpet and pad.



There are a few exceptions to this rule. Carpet and pad are very absorbent materials. If your carpet is very old, exposed to pets, not cleaned regularly or a combination of all 3, even clean water can drum up some downright nasty odors. (You know who you are out there…) In these situations, we leave it up to the insurance company and homeowner to decide whether the carpet/pad is to be dried and cleaned or removed and replaced.

Another exception is if the water damage causes the carpet to de-laminate. Carpet De-lamination is when the adhesive that is meant to hold the carpet together fails. As a result, the carpet comes apart in multiple areas leaving it ruined.

Most of the time this is due to a carpet’s lack of quality or age. Just like anything else, you get what you pay for. If homeowners decide to buy the cheapest carpet available, it is not going to hold up to water damage very well. However, if they selected a higher quality carpet, it can handle much more of a beating.

So to recap: water damage doesn’t ruin carpet, unless it does… In all seriousness each scenario is different. Use this article as a guide to help you make an informed decision when dealing with wet carpet and pad at your home or business.





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