What to do with Carpeting after Water in the Basement

Published: June 25th, 2014 | Updated: September 20th, 2019

The potential for wet basements is high in areas all around the United States, and Minnesota is no exception. For homeowners with a finished basement, wet carpeting is a legitimate concern. Given the time and money you have invested in having carpeting installed, you understandably want it to last as long as possible. You may be uncertain on how to proceed with wet carpeting once your basement floods.

The question the team at Hopkins Carpet One hears often is, “My basement carpet got wet. Can I save it?” The official answer is “possibly.” There are a number of factors that come into consideration when it comes to saving wet basement carpet. Being knowledgeable in what to do in advance may help you save your carpeting.

Saving Your Carpeting

It may be possible to save your carpeting in a number of scenarios. For example, if the incident in question was the first time your carpeting got wet, or if it didn’t get very wet in the flood, it is reasonable to assume your carpeting might be saved. Also, if you’re able to get the carpet dried reasonably quickly, you have a better chance of saving the carpet.

Installing New Carpeting

On the other hand, you will probably need to consider looking for new carpet in a number of situations. If the flood was the second or third time the carpeting has gotten wet, there is less of a chance of it being salvageable. Also, if the carpeting got soaked or water was actively flowing through or across it, you’ll probably soon be in the market for new carpeting.

When you notice the layers of your carpeting coming apart, or delaminating, that’s a clear sign you will need to replace it. If the carpeting was wet and folded sharply, there will quite likely be irreparable damage. When the carpet is dry, if you can still see significant water stains in the fibers, you’ll need to have new carpeting installed.

Here’s Why

Most residential carpet is made with both a primary backing and a secondary backing. These two backings are held together with a latex-based adhesive, which tends to dissolve in water.

If this is the first time the carpeting has gotten wet, and it didn’t get very wet, and you were able to start drying it fairly soon after it first started to get wet, the latex may have remained in good shape. The installers at Hopkins Carpet One will have the best chance of re-stretching it to achieve acceptable performance.

Wet CarpetHowever, if it is the second time the carpet has sustained water damage, we usually see that the latex has dissolved or washed out. In this picture, you can see how the layers are starting to come apart at the edges. Additionally, if the latex has moved or washed away anywhere in the middle of the carpet, that is a spot that may likely wrinkle. A close inspection of the carpet will help you determine whether latex is missing in the middle of the carpet.

Wondering what to do with your basement carpet? Give us a call today at 952-933-8944. Our inspection is a courtesy, and many times — though not always — we are able to re-install the carpet. We proudly serve Plymouth, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Hopkins and the entire Minneapolis/St Paul Metro.

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