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When is Carpet Replacement Required?

11/5/2022 (Permalink)

vacuum extractor, carpet being removed, wet carpet Carpet replacement in a Stillwater, OK home

When Do I Need to Replace My Carpet?

Carpet replacement is more than just a cosmetic change. It can be the difference between having a clean home and one filled with bacteria. When should you replace your carpet? The answer depends on how often it gets used, how much foot traffic it gets, and how frequently it's cleaned. Here are some other factors to consider:

Water Damage and Carpet Replacement

If you have a leaky pipe or another clean water source, the carpet can be saved. The key is to dry the area as quickly as possible. If water sits long enough, it will begin to break down and ruin the fibers of your carpet.

If your carpet has been exposed to any type of dirty or soiled water (think: mud or blood), then replacement is necessary because these types of contaminants cannot be cleaned out effectively. In addition to being stained, they also introduce bacteria that could potentially cause mold growth in your home over time.

If the water source is clean, such as a pipe burst or supply line, you may be able to save your carpet. However, if it’s been wet for more than 24 hours, your carpet may be unsalvageable.

Carpet Damage from Mold

As you know, mold is a fungus that grows in damp and dark places. This can be anywhere from your basement to inside your carpeting. When water spills onto the carpet, it will have nowhere else to go but into the padding underneath the carpet. The padding then becomes wet and gives way to mold growth.

The worst part about mold on your flooring is that it can take up to two weeks for the smell of mildew to dissipate once dry. This means that you'll need professional help if you want everything back to normal by then!

It's important to know how much water damage is acceptable and how much water damage is too much. The following sections provide information on determining whether or not your carpets are salvageable, as well as tips for determining when it's time to start shopping for new carpeting.

In general, there are three main indicators that your carpet has experienced enough damage for replacement:

  • The amount of visible mold growth or mildew on the flooring;
  • How long it takes for moisture from the damaged area to evaporate; and
  • If there are any signs that an odor remains in the room after it has been cleaned up (i.e., a lingering smell like mildew).

When should you replace your carpet? The answer to this question depends on a few factors. Age, type of water damage and amount of damage will all play into whether or not it becomes necessary for you to replace your carpets. If you have any questions about replacing your carpeting in your Stillwater, OK home or business, or if you would like more information about the process please feel free to call us at (405) 332-2122.

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