Water may be essential to human life, but water damage can spell death for a home. Unexpected water leaks in unwanted places can cause severe damage. Not only can it ruin your carpet, it can cause your renters insurance to increase or be canceled. If you’re able to act quickly, you can minimize the water damage and possibly save your wall to wall carpeting. Stop the flow of water. If the flooding has been caused by a burst pipe or a water heater failure, shut off the main water line for your home. Get in touch with an expert immediately if you cannot tell where the water is coming from. Don’t treat flood water in unwanted places lightly: even if your house only has an inch of water in it, or is even just damp, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold.
Again the key is to act quickly. Time is not on your side. Water damage can be irreversible. Mold growth ruins walls, furniture, carpets, and upholstery. Your success depends on how long the water’s been around, there might be pieces of furniture that can be saved, and sometimes, even carpet, but unfortunately any electronics hit by water are probably permanently damaged. Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately. If your home is flooded, cut off the electricity and gas from the main source. This isn't as essential for small leaks or puddles, but for large floods turn them off to be safe. Get rid of standing water. The longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause. As soon as it is safe, pump out any standing water.
Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.