Will a dehumidifier dry a wet carpet – can you remove moisture quickly from rugs and carpets, following flood damage? Is a dehumidifier going to help?
A friend of mine recently moved into a new house, proudly spent the year decorating and then a few weeks later had the worst luck – the nearby river burst its banks and the floodwater started to rise. It could have been a lot worse, but the water did momentarily wash over the floor. Her carpet got extremely wet and her first question was “will a dehumidifyer dry a wet carpet?”
Will a dehumidifier dry a wet carpet ?
A dehumidifier is most definitely an important part of the restoration process, but firstly let’s look at the scale of the damage. If the carpet has been submerged, deep under the river or lake water for a few days, then there’s a good chance that it’s not just water you’ve got in your carpet, there could be mud, silt, all kinds of residue and toxins and maybe even some small creatures from the deep in there!
In this case, you really want that carpet out of the house before it can damage the rest of the house and more importantly, it could be damaging you!
Let’s imagine that your carpet becomes momentarily saturated. Now it’s lying there very very wet. What’s the first thing that you should do? Well you still need to remove any debri that might be in there, as there could be pollutants lying around that could potentially wreak havoc on the rest of your house.
If you have a powerful shop vacuum cleaner that can handle vacuuming wet material, then first use this. Don’t try this with a regular vacuum cleaner as you could do considerable damage to it. A shop cleaner however, will get the job done – you can get them for under $100 – here are some we found…
At the same time, you need to start removing the excess water. You can use an air mover to remove moisture from carpets. You can pick up an industrial unit up such as the CFM Pro Air Mover for less than $130.
With the air being removed from the carpet you also now have extra moisture in the air, and this is where we ask will a dehumidifier dry a wet carpet ?
Some dehumidifiers specifically deal with flood damage. One robust example is the ALORAIR Strom LGR Extreme. These kind of units don’t come cheap and you’d be looking to pay over $1000 for some of these. But you can see the worth it if it saves your entire house contents, . If you live in an area which is prone to flooding, one of these could really be worth it.
Having said that, any dehumidifier is going to better than nothing. Dehumidifiers are designed to extract moisture from the air and setting one up in the room is going to do just that. Have a look at these dehumidifiers and simply get the best you can afford. You can pick them up for less than $200.
What will happen if I don’t remove the water quickly?
It’s essential to remove the moisture from a flooded area quickly, otherwise there could be trouble ahead.
- Mold will begin to appear, which can have serious affects on your health
- The room will begin to smell bad
- Microorganisms – and not necessarily nice ones, will begin to flourish
- The wood under the wet carpet and eventually any other wooden furniture will start to rot
- The air will constantly feel humid and uncomfortable
- Electronic appliances and devices may stop working
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and you’re not sure why then be sure to read Why is my House So Humid ?