Do You Need to Replace Carpets After Water Damage?

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Affected by recent water damage or a flood in your home? If water damage has affected your carpets, you must be wondering what the next step is! Do you decide to go in for carpet cleaning and restoring the carpet or simply replace the water-damaged carpet?

Before you take any sudden or final decisions, it’s important to understand some of the factors that you need to consider. You can then decide whether to replace the carpet with water damage.

Water-damaged carpets are bad for health and property.

In most cases, carpeting that has severe water damage should be fully replaced. It’s the safest option to keep your family and property safe. By keeping a fully water-logged carpet and attempting to save money, you could be putting your home and family at risk.

When faced with a carpet affected by water damage, it is essential to race against time. A water-damaged carpet will quickly affect anything it comes in contact with. The water damage activates bacterial growth and unwanted fungus. Once the mould infestation takes hold, it starts to leave telltale black spots. Water damage can have a lasting impact on the structure. 

A home will also suffer from mildew and a musty smell due to water damage and the wet carpet. This will lead to serious health consequences for the occupants. Damage to the physical structure aside, your first concern should be the health and safety of your family.

Mould is the number one offender in damp indoor spaces. Exposure to dampness and mould can aggravate upper respiratory illnesses and asthma symptoms, nose and throat symptoms, coughing and wheezing.

Water-damaged carpets, damp surroundings and the presence of standing water become a mosquito breeding ground. These conditions also give rise to skin problems such as excess itchiness, rashes, and can cause complications to pre-existing conditions.

What factors decide the water damage to your carpet?

Your decision involving water-damaged carpets shouldn’t depend only on the cost involved. Figuring out whether to go in for carpet cleaning of your water-damaged carpets or full replacement depends on a few other important factors.

  • How long has your carpet been wet?

You should consider replacing a carpet if it has been wet for 72 hours or longer. Mould and mildew need no longer than 24-48 hours to form and spread. After that period, it can be quite difficult to clean it thoroughly.

  • Quantity of water on the carpet.

The condition of your carpet also depends on how much water has got onto it. The more water-soaked your carpet, flooring and subflooring is – the harder it will be to dry and clean it. In such cases, you may not be able to save the carpet. It’s best to go in for a new carpet.

  • What is the source of the water on the carpet?

It’s okay to clean a carpet if it is soaked in water from a home drinking water tap or inlet pipe; in other words – a safe drinking source.

Grey water and black water harbour serious contaminants which can threaten your health. In such situations, the carpet and carpet padding cannot be salvaged. 

  • Condition of the carpet before the water damage.

Take a firm decision on whether you should even consider cleaning and salvaging the carpet. If the water-damaged carpet is inexpensive, old and not of sentimental value or a family heirloom, it may not even be worth saving. Save yourself the hassle, the unnecessary expense to your wallet and the risk to your family.

  • Can the carpets be actually removed, dried and cleaned?

In some cases, a severly water-logged carpet can get destroyed even while simply lifting it. If your carpeting covers a full room or large area, it will be an extremely difficult task to remove the whole carpet in one piece. When carpeting is being torn out of a home, it is generally cut into smaller pieces. This actually destroys the carpet and you will have to have it replaced.

Contact the experts in Carpet Cleaning and Water Damage Restoration.

When dealing with an unfortunate ordeal like water damage to your carpet, you need to fully ensure your family is safe and healthy. Just removing the excess water from the water damaged carpet and drying it out is not sufficient to remedy the situation. You need to get in touch with professionals.

Classique Chem-Dry is a reputed water damage restoration company with specialists who are experienced in carpet cleaning. We deliver the best cleaning solutions that are safe, effective and environmental friendly. Our carpet cleaning technicians will get your carpets cleaned and restored. You can rely on our teams to restore your home after water damage.

We are proud to serve customers in all suburbs of Bungendore, Crookwell, Goulburn, Yass, Gunning, Marulan, Collector. Contact us on 0248 213 408 / 0458 213 408 or email us at

We’ll help your family get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

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