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Wet Carpet Question

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mosesburb, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. mosesburb

    mosesburb For Rent Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I had a subterranean water leak that managed to soak about half of the carpet in this room. I have the leak fixed (what a great time that was....) and most of the water removed, but the carpet/room smells funky. Is there any way to salvage the carpet or do I have to replace it?? The carpet itself looks ok, and it is a spare bedroom/computer room so if I can salvage it I'd rather (plus I don't really want to move all my/her junk out of this room to re-carpet it).
    Opinions appreciated.
     
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    shampoo?
     
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    Only way to salvage the carpet is to get it up off the floor and get it totally dry right now. Otherwise it's gonna mold and you're screwed.
     
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    I have a feeling it's just time to give up. If the smell is from the pad you could probably just pull it up and replace it, but when we had our roof leak and the carpet got wet it turned out to be the jute backing on the carpet that got funky.

    So we just layed out laminate instead. PO's the cat but who cares:rolleyes:
     
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    You need to pull all the carpet up off the floor, rent those big squirrel cage fans and dry it from the bottom. I also suggest that you replace the pad and shampoo the carpet. In my experience this is your only chance of salvaging the floor covering. You also need to ensure that the substrate (conc, wood, etc) is also dry. Many times shampooing the carpet will get it clean, but the pad and underlayment will never stop stinking.

    Easiest way.. just pull it and replace it!
     
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    Yeah, I'm thinking this is what is going to have to happen as I have no idea how long this pipe was leaking. It was a tiny(!) pinhole in the pipe about 18-20" below the slab, so for that much water to be in the carpet it had to be leaking a long time.
    Damn, just when I thought the fun was over.......
     
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    Yeah, if it leaked for that long, you're pretty well screwed. The pad is probably already moldy. Do yourself a favor and just rip it out and replace it.
     
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    Pull the pad, shampoo the carped and you must dry out the floor. Concrete slabs hold moisture so if you only surface dry it and then replace the pad your also screwed. Professionaly there are moisture kits available, I do not now about the local Lowes/Depot availability.
     
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    2X and bleach mix to wash slab after all is tore out only way to be sure of getting rid of all the mold. I've seen this happen a few times.
     
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    Rip it out, it will save you a lot of time and trouble in the end.

    Been there, done that.
     

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