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Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Dries Out Carpets in Ft. Lauderdale Buildings

Trust SERVPRO for Mitigating Damage and Disruptions During Carpet Drying and Restorations


Unless the building is a warehouse, one of the common features in commercial and residential facilities is carpet. Preserving it is a primary goal in every restoration task.

Drying commercial carpets for Fort Lauderdale businesses has its problems and concerns. For SERVPRO technicians, we watch out for Backing Separation (Delamination) and Latex Deterioration as we begin to dry carpets in offices, hallways, customer service, and common areas.

Every carpet has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the adhesive used by manufacturers to secure the individual fibers to the primary. Another layer of latex holds the primary and secondary backings together. When water remains on the carpet for too long, the latex begins to break down; this results in the backings starting to separate, and the fibers start to come loose. To prevent both actions, we first get rid of the water. Technicians use pumps to remove the majority of it; usually within one day for a single floor of carpeting. With most of it out of the way, we switch to extraction wands; they are commercial-grade vacuums, specially designed to draw out water from carpets and carpet pads with damaging them. As they perform the task, our technicians are trained to watch for any signs of delamination and deterioration.

Since overly aggressive extraction damages carpet, there will always be a small amount of moisture left trapped. Since most commercial carpets do not utilize a carpet pad, it is rarely necessary for us to remove one. To completely dry the carpet, we use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the last trace of moisture.

We carefully examine the carpet and then lift a section at opposite ends of a room or hallway. This technique is know as "floating" in the industry. At the entry point, we place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet which pushes out the damp, colder air. To speed the process, we set up a fan to draw the damp air out, which makes the air-mover more efficient. If the room or hallway is extremely humid, we use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air. Depending on the size of this piece of equipment, we can draw out over 25 gallons of water each day. Our SERVPRO technicians take pride in working around an active work environment, reducing disruptions to our clients' customers and their employees.

Drying out your business is a relatively simple task, but it is time-consuming. Restoring carpets and other property needs to be handled by a professional service to avoid secondary damage. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has decades of experience and stands ready to support our fellow business owners. Call today at (954) 776-2000 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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