why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Squish, Squish, Stink: How Water Damage Affects Carpeting And How To Fix It

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When you think of water damage, you probably think of big brown spots on your ceiling or streaks on your walls. You may even envision unsightly mold and mildew. While you would be correct on all accounts, there is still more water damage that you may not have thought of. Carpeting can be damaged by a lot of water, too. Here is how water damage affects carpeting, and how water damage restoration services can fix it.

Wet Carpet: The Petri Dish of Bacteria

Carpet is lovely when it is dry and super soft. Most people prefer the comfortable softness of carpet and padding underfoot, but the dark side of carpeting is not so nice at all. Carpet can collect a lot of dirt and requires an abundant amount of cleaning, vacuuming and refreshing to keep from stinking. This is especially true if you have kids and pets.

Now, if you have a ton of water frequently saturating the carpet, your carpet turns into a petri dish. The bacteria, odors, and deep-down dirt provide the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and other fungi to develop. All this environment requires is water -- and lots of it. When that water is added, either by accident or by act of nature, you have a carpet that stinks and squishes in the most unpleasant ways. Left untreated, uncleaned, and in-place, it all begins to rot into a major (and smelly) mess.

How to Fix It

If you catch the damage early, you may be able to suction out the water and dry the carpet. Then you have to shampoo and sterilize it with a professional steam cleaner. Finally, you have to dry it yet again, this time more quickly than before. If you are lucky, you can save the carpeting. If not, you will have to pull it all out and replace it, either with new padding and carpeting, or with a different type of flooring.

When the damage is severe, as is the case after a major flood like those experienced with hurricanes, the house will have to be gutted anyway. Trying to save the carpeting may not help if the sub-floor also suffers major water damage. In this case, you will have to call in both a water damage restoration crew like those at ExecuClean Restoration and a construction contractor to save the house and restore it to its pre-flood condition. Be sure to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance company, as it should cover the majority of the restoration work your home will need, including the carpeting and floors.

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6 December 2016