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When In-Place Carpet Drying Is Feasible After Water Damage In Fort Lauderdale

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When In-Place Carpet Drying Is Feasible After Water Damage In Fort Lauderdale This saturated carpet will be dried and cleaned using extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers.

When water damage soaks your carpets call SERVPRO

Addressing water damage quickly makes more options available when determining how to dry out the carpeting in your Fort Lauderdale home. Depending on many different variables, drying wall to wall carpeting in place can be successful. Other considerations might suggest that removal and off-site drying before reinstallation is preferable. Let our carpet drying specialists help you choose the proper course for your situation.

After a water damage event in your Fort Lauderdale house, an action plan for carpet drying becomes a necessity. Specialized equipment and familiarity with protocols developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set our carpet drying services apart. Our training and experience suggest in-place drying can work under the following conditions.

  • The water damage occurred fewer than 72 hours before restoration.
  • The water involved is clean or Catagory One.
    The subfloor is a single layer, in good condition, and not comprised of laminate or hardwood.
  • The pad contains non-organic fibers.
  • No vapor barrier or non-permeable pad layer exists.
  • No microbial growth or contamination is evident.

SERVPRO accomplishes top down, in-place drying with more thorough extraction and increasing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers employed. First, our crew uses extractors with the regular wand to halt the migration of water from wet to dry areas of the carpeting. Then we switch to a weighted wand to force more moisture out of the carpeting and pad with each pass. 


SERVPRO crew members receiving training on the proper patterns to follow as the water is moved out of the carpet fibers. Typically we begin with the center of the room, switching to the perimeter as the drying proceeds. Our team finds that dividing the space into 10 square foot sections benefits a complete extraction. Periodic evaluation of the efficacy of the extraction is vital. Pulling a corner up and squeezing the pad allows us to be sure both carpeting and padding approach the moisture level wanted -- the goal is no water observable when we compress the fabrics.

Drying in-place minimizes disruption to your home. Furnishings need not be removed, just rearranged during the process. The process requires a more extended deployment of SERVPRO’s commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers but avoids removing and reinstalling large expanses of carpeting.

Professional assistance is crucial if you want to pursue in-place carpet drying. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South offers full-service carpet drying options. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to arrange an evaluation of your water damage scenario.

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