No one should underestimate the damage that water leakage can cause to your home or basement. Floods, leaky or broken pipes, broken appliances and other sources can all result in destructive water damage to your home.
Nothing's worse than going down to the basement and discovering your carpets are soaked! It can be caused from any number of problems including damaged or cracked pipes, an overflowed or broken washer, or simple a hard rain. The most important thing is to act promptly to avoid any additional water damage to your property. If water is left standing or saturated in your carpet or rugs it can cause mildew or mold to develop which could become a health issue for your family. Water left under the carpet could eventually cause cracks in your basement foundation.
Here are a few suggestions you should consider if your basement carpet gets wet to help avoid further damage…
If your carpet has been wet for about 72 hours it may be damaged beyond repair. Sometimes it may be considered a category 3 (black water loss) where even a professional restoration service is unable to save the carpet. In that case your only solution is to remove the carpet and padding to avoid mold and mildew issues. Timing is extremely important when your carpet gets flooded or wet. Your goal is to save the carpet. Therefore, if you've established that the carpeting is drenched, it's probably time to call the professional restoration company.
Good restoration companies will respond with about an hour and hey can help you work with your insurance company and evaluate the damage as well as processing the restoration of your damaged areas. You want someone there who knows how to fix the situation for the least amount of out of pocket expense.
A good restoration company can make sure your water or wind or fire damage is fixed right and that you're out of pocket damage liability is kept to a minimum. We've helped numerous home and business owners and they and their insurance company always appreciate our surgical approach to restoration!