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We Discuss The Affects Water Damage Has On Carpet In Your Sarasota Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

water damage carpet When looking for full-service cleanup and water damage restoration services call SERVPRO of South Sarasota.

How Water Damage Affects Carpet In Your Sarasota Home

Whenever our professional technicians enter your Sarasota home, our primary goal involves preserving and protecting your structure and its contents. A typical initial concern is a water-saturated carpet and padding that often leads to delamination and latex deterioration.

Carpeting affected by water damage on your Sarasota property has both a primary and a secondary backing. Latex is an adhesive material that holds the carpet fibers in the primary backing while also holding the primary and secondary backings together.

Latex begins to break down right after installation and continues due to exposure of gases present in the air, foot traffic, and sunlight. Latex comes in several grades, the cheaper the compound, the more fillers take up space, the faster the breakdown occurs. The initial installation of better grades can help slow the breakdown process. However, breakdown occurs regardless.

Delamination is always a concern after water intrusions. Even new carpets can delaminate. SERVPRO technicians always check for delamination when dealing with water-damaged carpet found on your property during your restoration. Carpet loses up to 50% of its strength when wet, making delaminated carpeting unusable. Water damage to glue-down carpeting often causes bubbling, a result of adhesive loss, not a result of cleaning or water extraction.

SERVPRO technicians thoroughly examine the condition of padding after water intrusions. However, we also follow the rule of, “When in doubt, throw it out!” You never want to re-use padding; it can break apart when wet and lose the ability to serve its purpose. We determine the quality of your padding using three measures.

    •    Gauge the overall thickness, ranging from ¼” to 5/8”.
    •    Weight gets determined per square yard of padding, ranging from 4.5 ounces to 100 ounces per square yard.
    •    Density defines the weight of a cubic foot of pad expressed in pounds, measurements typically used with urethane pads that range from 1 pound to 8 pounds per cubic foot.

Many situations require the replacement of padding. Padding is also inexpensive, making removing, replacing, and reinstalling, less costly than drying. Both carpet and padding get in the way of drying your flooring and subfloor and must be removed to complete the job correctly.

When looking for full-service cleanup and water damage restoration services call SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Call (941) 552-6319 today.

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