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Wet Carpet – Should it stay or should it go?


Most households have carpet in some part of their house. A water damage / flooding event can result in wet carpet. Wet carpet not only smells bad, but quite rapidly becomes a health risk when mould starts growing. And it happens quicker then you think. When Chem Safe Water Damage Services is called out to a wet carpet / water damage job we assess the situation and by considering the following things, before making the call about whether the carpet can be safely dried, saved and restored or pulled out and disposed of.

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When did the water event occur, and how long has the carpet been wet?

The length of time the carpet has been wet can greatly impact on how quickly mould can start growing. The longer it takes for us to get to it, the more likely mould has taken hold. This will impact the decision to dry, clean, and sanitise the carpet.


What category of water inundated the carpet?

Clean Water

Clean water is water that doesn’t pose any harm when it comes in contact with living elements and doesn’t contain any contaminants.

  • Burst flexi hoses under the sink for instance contain clean water.
  • Carpet is more likely able to be saved if clean water inundates it. We will dry the carpet, underlay and sub flooring, then sanitise with an antimicrobial treatment and our thorough steam carpet cleaning process

Grey Water

Grey water is unsanitary and contains levels of contamination that would not be safe for consumption. This type of water is dangerous and only a professional should clean it up.

  • Example sources of grey water include Water discharge from household appliances, i.e. washing machine, dishwasher.
  • A much more stringent cleaning and sanitizing process needs to occur to save grey water affected carpet and this is sometimes deemed uneconomical

Black Water

Black water is harmful to all living organisms and could cause death or serious illness if consumed. The water doesn’t have to look “black” – it can be clear and/or odorless, but it can still be very dangerous.

  • Examples of black water include; toilet water, sewerage, groundwater, sewer water, sea water
  • Black Water need to be cleaned up by a professional with the right equipment to make sure you are not exposing yourself to harmful bacteria now and down the track.
  • Carpet is more then likely disposed of in this event, as it isn’t deemed uneconomical to try to restore and sanitise.


Has the water damage caused permanent damage to the carpet, like stains and has the carpet backing delaminated?

If it has then it will likely be required to be removed, the floor dried, and the carpet replaced.


Is there already Mould Damage on the carpet?

If we can already see or smell mould damage the carpet is already dangerous, and should not be dried or attempted to be repair. We will safely dispose of the carpet.


Our Wet Carpet Water Damage Assessment process allows us to quickly identify the next course of action. With 15 years experience in Water Damage and Wet Carpet Drying services, we are well equipped to help you make a decision that is safe for your family now and in the future, with being mindful about the economic aspect of the job. In a nutshell if we can save your carpet, and we don’t think it will cause an issue we will, if not, its out with the old and in with the new.


If you have and existing water damage, or have had an area of wet carpet in the past due to flooding, leaking pipes, or even leaving a door or windows open, call Michael from Chem Safe Water Damage Services for a free inspection and some helpful advice. Don’t risk it mouldy carpet is the worst.

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Dont risk your families health after your carpet has been wet. Call Michael doday for a Water Damage Inspection