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Carpet Care After A Disaster: Identifying the steps necessary to care for carpets following a disaster

Last updated 5 years ago

This article was originally published by CleanLink

By: Ronnie Garrett

Water intrusion — whether from a weather-related flood, faulty pipes or a backed-up toilet — will mean big headaches for facility managers. It can also mean big money if not tended to immediately.

In the event of a flood, facility managers need to know the basics: the location of the water source, the reason for the excess water, and whether other professionals, such as plumbers, the gas or electric company, insurance agents or carpet restoration experts have been contacted. Once these have been addressed, restoration can commence.

Successful restoration begins with identifying the water source and categorizing the spill:
• Category One — This is drinking water.
• Category Two — This water contains some level of contamination.
• Category Three — This is sewage or liquid that came from the trap in the line. "It doesn't have to have any discoloration or anything floating in it to be considered Category Three," adds Peter Duncanson, an IICRC instructor and director of training at ServiceMaster Clean.

These initial determinations directly impact how the water intrusion is treated.

"The levels of contamination dictate the remediation process, as well as what materials can be saved and what must be disposed of," Duncanson explains.

The amount of water also comes into play. How wet did the carpet get and how long did it sit before being addressed? Was the water clean or was it contaminated?

"If it was contaminated, chances are you're going to have to replace the carpet because you're going to have bacteria/mold in it," says Lewis Migliore, a floor covering expert with LGM & Associates. "If it's clean water, you're likely going to be able to save it, especially if you get to it in time."

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Ronnie Garrett is a freelance writer based in Fort Atkinson, Wis.


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