Material DisposalThe real issue with water-damaged carpet disposal comes from what to do with the flooring once it’s out. Sure, you can try to put it on the curb. But, don’t count on the local trash collection agency to pick it up. And, if you leave it out, you’ll just create an eyesore for yourself and your neighbors. Not to mention, it’s not only an eyesore, it’s also an invitation to a property code violation.
Water damage to carpets from flooding or leaks in a home is not uncommon. If you’ve owned a home for several years, you’ve undoubtedly experienced it. You almost certainly will again in the future. When it happens, you’ll need to know when to clean and restore the damaged carpet, how to restore it, and when to replace it. —Do It YourselfJust like with other remodeling and construction debris, you should plan ahead. Have a local junk removal company swing by and pick it up. Take the opportunity to get rid of a bunch of other unwanted and unused stuff at the same time. This way, you won’t have to deal with where to take it or what to do with it.
Flood Damage Cleanup in SarasotaYour first step is to determine what’s causing the water damage. If it’s due to a burst pipe and the walls and floor are wet, that’s obvious. However, some water damage occurs over time and remains undetectable. But, if you can immediately see it, here’s an overview of how to do flood damage cleanup:
- Document damage. Even though time is precious in these scenarios, you need to document the damage. (You can even document as you work to clean it up.) But, don’t make the mistake of cleaning it all and rehabilitating the space without documenting it first.
- Air the space out. Next, open the doors and windows to begin to let the space air out. Then, use a shop vac to pull out any water. Use fans in the space to boost air flow and help to reduce the threat of mold.
- Pump out water and dehumidify. As you pump out the water and air out the space, the trapped moisture will likely remain. To deal with this, use one or more dehumidifiers in the space.
- Remove any damaged items. Lastly, pull out any furniture or fixtures damaged by the water, including the flooring, like carpeting or laminate. You’ll need to examine the subfloor for signs of damage, as well.