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Why Carpeting Takes Severe Damage from Flood Damage in Jacksonville

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can damage your carpet if it is not dried out correctly. Call SERVPRO right after an incident to help salvage your carpeting.

Team SERVPRO Understands Carpet and How it can Get Damaged During Flooding

One of the most heavily impacted types of flooring in homes in Jacksonville following flood damage is carpeting. Whether the carpet is small, large, thin, or thick, it can sustain much more damage than other types of flooring and often requires complete replacement to make your home presentable again.

SERVPRO has dealt with countless cases of water and flood damage in Jacksonville over the years, and in the process, we have gained an advanced understanding of what makes carpeting so vulnerable. If your carpeted floor comes into contact with floodwater, you can expect one or more of these problems to arise.

Destruction of Underlying Materials
The fuzzy, colorful surface that comes into contact with your feet is only one layer of most types of carpeting, and often one of the least damaged. Much of the most extensive damage comes from the layers below the surface that are constructed of porous materials. When submerged in water, these materials can quickly begin to degrade, expand, and contract once dry. Although a fast response from SERVPRO can potentially save the home from this fate, most carpets are damaged beyond repair from these effects and must be replaced entirely.

Rapid Mold Growth
Although many parts of the home are at risk of developing mold growth after a flood, carpeting is the most likely place for an infestation to begin. Mold proliferates quickly in the damp, fibrous structure of all types of carpeting, and can even cause health effects in a relatively short time if a particularly harmful species begins to grow. Our technicians are experts in identifying signs of fungal infestation and, if called to the scene early enough, can eliminate the problem before it gets out of hand.

Color Bleed
Although this is less of an issue with modern materials, many types of carpeting may still be damaged from color bleed. This is especially true for rugs and patterned materials that may see their colors mix and overlap. Fast drying and careful handling are essential to mitigate as much color bleed as possible.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South specializes in rapid response times to flooding to mitigate as much damage as possible in the hours following the disaster. Call us as soon as possible at (904) 762-8066.

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