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Subject:  Re: wet carpet Date:  10/10/2012  6:17 PM
Author:  tpault Number:  122465 of 128266

Wolferd,

What is under the carpet? Padding, and then what... a wood floor, concrete, or what? Sublooring should withstand several soakings before swelling, or rotting.

Is it in a basement? If it's in a basement, it will take longer to dry, thereby increasing chances of rot and mold.

Like PSU suggested, if you are to salvage the carpet, a Rug Doctor type machine is a must, unless you are overstating the "flood." You can even use a deoderant additive when the carpeting is as dry as possible, by going over it quickly with a normal cleaning cycle.

In addition to that, you should be willing to get multiple fans blowing on it. And in addition to that, you need to be able and willing to open all your windows. You should allow the fans to run across the carpet and out a well ventillated house, for at least 24 hours. If it's chilly outside, don't worry... it will only help if you can run your furnace while the windows are open and the fans are running.

You may be able to avoid mold, odors and further damage to the subfloor if you follow this advice. But be aware that the carpet may dry to a shrunken or stretched state and you may notice a ripple or two.

What caused the washer to run over if I may ask? Were you home at the time? It's never a good idea to start a load and then run out to the store.

Here's a product that I think every house would do well to have.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/plumbing/pumps/basement-watchdo...

Don't let the wires and tab fool you. The tab is actually the bottom of the alarm and snaps on, with the wires tucked inside. The wires are only as a convenience in case you want to put the sensor, somewhere other than where you put the box (like the sensor can go in a sump pit so that if it nears the top it alarms you before overflowing.

I have one next to my washer, and also in my water heater pan. They sound off very loud at the first sign of water. A plumber friend told me he was at home and he had a water leak for about 4 hours and didn't know it until he just happened to go in the basement. Happens very easily and faster than we know it.

If it's just the hallway, maybe it's just 4 foot wide and 10 foot long? Heck, you can buy remnants or even throw rugs to replace the ripped up carpeting.

Paul T., fixing his own mistakes since age 4.
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