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Old 09-20-2018, 09:35 AM   #1
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Question Water leak - carpet

Without getting into the details of what happened, generally the story is the HVAC drain line in the utility room leaked into the house and soaked the carpet.

After removing the water, what can be put on the carpet and pad to prevent mold?
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:41 AM   #2
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I work as a property adjuster for an insurance company. You want to get the carpet pulled up and get some fans and heat on it to truly stop mold from forming. Might also want to run a dehumidifier in the room for a while. You might be able to get it to dry without mold if it’s a small area, but if it’s soaked the whole room you most likely won’t. You can try a product called Microban, I think you can get it at Home Depot or Lowe’s, but it may stain the carpet. Only way to guarantee mold won’t form is to get it dry ASAP though.


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Old 09-20-2018, 09:51 AM   #3
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I usually replace the pad because it is so hard to dry the pad once water gets under it.
Like ElCid said, keeping mold from growing is all about getting the area dry quickly
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:53 AM   #4
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Yeah, pad is so cheap anyways, and it doesn’t have to be pretty, you can just cut and tape in the new stuff. Might as well. It will speed up drying considerably. Pad is basically a sponge and you’re trying to dry that. It doesn’t really work.


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Old 09-20-2018, 09:58 AM   #5
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Before you put the carpet/pad back down, spray the slab/subfloor with a product called
ConSan Triple Action 20... It's a very good disinfectant and fungicide... It will kill any mold spores that may remain on the floor... can also spray especially the back side of the carpet and let it dry before putting it back down...
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:47 AM   #6
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Throw the pad out, it is basically a giant sponge. As already mentioned it is very inexpensive to replace the pad. Shop vac out as much of the water from the carpet as possible, then dry with fans and dehumidifier or turn the AC down as cold as you can stand for a few days. Treat with a disinfectant on the slab/subfloor and on the carpet, microban is a pretty solid choice.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:55 AM   #7
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Thanks y'all!
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:40 PM   #8
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Hello. An unpleasant situation has occurred. Firstly, it's desirable that the carpet doesn't urinate. In any case, water changes the structure of the natural pile, spoils and erodes the dye, destroys the carpet base. the spilled water forms a small moist area. Such spots are quickly eliminated at home without the involvement of specialists.
Immediately after the liquid has spilled on the carpet, blot the puddle with a sheet, paper towel or any clean, dry cloth. If you have time to do this before the moisture is absorbed into the carpet material, nothing will happen to its pile and base. You only need to use cotton fabric — synthetics do not absorb moisture, so they are unsuitable for removing it.
But one time my child throw tea on the carpet and i have similar situation, I tried to do something by myself, in conclusion i destroyed my carpet.. This time I found good cleaning company https://www.greeleycleaningservice.com/
in Colorado and my carpet is as new one)

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Old 07-08-2021, 02:50 PM   #9
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Pad needs to be replaced. It will never not stink after it gets wet. Dry the carpet, new pad, restretch the carpet, clean carpet, good to go (as long as the carpet isn't rotted and/or delaminated from the backing).
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This time I found good cleaning company https://www.greeleycleaningservice.com/
in Colorado and my carpet is as new one)
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Sorry about the water leak Dusty Britches. In for the information, thanks to those who posted these good ideas.
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Old 07-08-2021, 11:43 PM   #12
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Old 07-09-2021, 09:21 AM   #13
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I should hope that after 3 years, the carpet is clean. This was, as Philip-TX pointed out,

3 YEARS AGO.

And the guy who resurrected this thread is promoting a company in Colorado!
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Old 07-09-2021, 12:46 PM   #14
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I should hope that after 3 years, the carpet is clean. This was, as Philip-TX pointed out,

3 YEARS AGO.

And the guy who resurrected this thread is promoting a company in Colorado!
lol
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