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Is It Better to Repair or Replace Water Damaged Carpeting?

As homeowners, it is difficult to prepare for every type of scenario and situation that could result in water damage to your carpeting. Some of the more common causes of flooding within the home include:

  1. Broken Water Pipes
  2. Overflowing Dishwashers
  3. Toilet Overflows
  4. Overflowing Washing Machines
  5. Sewer Backups
  6. Leaky Roofs

Initially, especially if the room is under a few inches of water or more, you might decide your only recourse is to replace the carpeting. However, you might be able to save some money by having it repaired instead using our emergency water damage and restoration services.

The first, and most important thing you need to do determine the cause of the water damage and stop the flow of water into the room. The next thing you will want to do is call for emergency service right away. The longer the carpeting sits in standing water and remains wet the more damage it can experience. In addition, you will want to avoid walking on the carpeting as much as possible, as excessive foot traffic could cause further damages to already wet carpeting.

Once we arrive, we can help assess the situation, provide assistance in removing all furniture and items out of room, dry it off and storing it in a dry area of the home. Ideally, the excess water needs to be extracted from the carpeting, fans set up, and other steps taken to help dry out the carpeting as quickly as possible to prevent extensive damages.

The source of the water is the determining factor often used to decide the best course of action – repair or replace the carpeting. Regardless of the end result, it is essential to get the carpeting dried out as soon as possible to avoid further damages, not only to the carpeting, but also drywall, baseboards, underlayments, and subflooring.

If the source of the water was from a “sanitary” source – that is, broken fresh water pipe – then it is possible to save the carpeting. Once the carpeting is fully dried, it is treated with various agents to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from developing.

If the source of the water is from an “unsanitary” source – that is a backed up sewer line, toilet overflow, or dishwasher or washing machine overflow – the extent and level of contamination is assessed to determine the most appropriate action to take. For instance, with washing machines and dishwashers, the contaminants are easily treatable with anti-bacterial agents, so the carpeting could be saved.

For sewage line backups and toilet overflows, then it might be necessary to replace the carpeting. Again, it depends on the actual amount of contamination. In cases where there was “black” water that flooded room, then it is often better to replace the carpeting, simply because “black” water means it is full of different containments, which could include raw sewage.

If you ever experience water damage or flooding to your carpeting, remember Dr. Carpet is here to help. We offer 24 hour emergency response, so we can be at your home quickly and help minimalize the damages. Call us at 647.800.5199 now!

Benefits of Carpet Repair and Stretching Services

As you carpet ages, you might notice a seam that is rather noticeable. You may also have small burn marks or stains in the carpeting that will not come out no matter how hard you have tried. There could even be certain areas of the carpet where it starting to buckle or the edges have become noticeable and appear to be fraying.

Your initial response to any of the above issues might be to just replace the entire carpeting with brand new. However, depending on the extent of the problems and their locations, there can be several benefits to exploring your option using carpet repair and stretching services, first.

1. Costs Less – The most obvious benefit is for minor staining, burn marks, holes, noticeable seams, and buckling, having these problems repaired or the carpet re-stretched cost significantly less than replacing the entire piece of carpeting.

2. Extends the Life of the Existing Carpeting – Addressing issues as they occur will extend the life of the carpeting and translate to fewer replacements. For instance, if the carpet is buckling and you notice wrinkles in main walkways, and do nothing, not only are tripping risks increased, but also the likelihood of creating rips and holes in the carpeting when it is vacuumed. By getting the carpet re-stretched, you avoid these other related problems and ensure to get the maximum life out of the carpeting.

3. Professional Patching Makes Repairs Hard to Notice – Most people have scraps of carpeting left over for easy colour matching, and if not, professional patching companies keep a stock of a wide variety of colours and brands for repairs. After your carpet has been professionally patched, no one will be able to tell you had it repaired.

4. Professional Repairs Last for Years – The repairs you have made to your carpeting by a professional provide for years of enjoyment. Depending on the age of your existing carpeting, repairs could last just as long as, and sometimes even longer than the remaining life left in the original carpeting.

Why You Should Avoid DIY Carpet Repairs

There are several DIY carpet repair products on the market that say they can provide a professional finishing without the use of an experienced carpet repair service. However, what many people do not realize is carpet repair is a detailed and complex process. The direction of the carpet fibres, stitching, and seams all must be matched and repaired correctly.

Most of these products fail to mention this and only provide a short-term solution. Furthermore, most people, who have attempted to use a DIY solution, end up causing more damage to their carpeting. In the end, they end up having to call a professional anyway and end up paying more to get the carpet fixed, than if they had called a professional initially.

For professional carpet repairs and stretching services in Toronto and the GTA for your home or business, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today! We offer a variety of services to help you maintain the look and appearance of your carpeting. 

Carpeting and Upholstery Spring Cleaning Tips

With spring officially here, now is the time to start sprucing up your home and give it a well-deserved deep cleaning to get rid of wintertime dust and dirt. While you might want to jump head-first into tackling your carpeting and upholstery, since these items are the most noticed, they are not the best places to start your spring cleaning.

Why? Quite simply because you will only make them dirty again and need to repeat cleaning processes. Rather you want to start by spring cleaning from the top of the room down towards the floors. Dust and cobwebs need to be wiped away from ceilings, crown molding, and ceiling fans and light fixtures first. During the dusting process, no matter how hard we try, some of the dust and dirt is going to fall onto our furniture and the carpeting.

Next, dust off pictures, shelving, entertainment centres, and other furniture. If you have a fireplace in the room, this is a great time to clean it out, too and wipe down the mantle. Once you have all the other areas and items in the room cleaned, now you are ready to deep clean the carpeting and upholstery.

Deep cleaning requires several specific steps and processes to ensure the best cleaning as follows:

1. Vacuum the upholstery. Remove cushions and remember to get underneath and down the sides.

2. Remove the furniture from the room. If you want to best results, you need to take everything out of the room. People are often surprised to find tears, rips, stains, and other such messes in their carpeting that were hiding under their furniture.

3. Vacuum the carpeting. Once the room has been cleared, vacuum the entire room. If you had bigger pieces you were not able to remove, vacuum around them and then slide them out of the way to get underneath.

4. Have tears, rips, and stains repaired. Depending on the age of your carpeting and volume of traffic – most last on average around ten years – you will want to get these types of damages fixed to extend the life of the carpeting.

5. Have the carpet professionally cleaned. Your vacuum cleaner only gets out so much dirt, dust, pet dander, and allergens. Professional cleaners have the equipment needed to get down deep into the carpeting and released trapped dirt, stains, and debris for the best results, as well as the equipment to work with a wide array of different types of carpeting.

6. Have the upholstery professionally repaired/cleaned. Just like your carpeting, it is a good idea to enlist the help of a professional to deal with snags, tears, and rips in the upholstery and also give it a deep cleaning.

Once the carpeting and upholstery are dry, you are free to put items back into the room. This may also be a great time to rearrange the room and give it a new appearance! For further information about carpet repairs, cleaning, and stretching services, as well as upholstery cleaning services, contact the carpeting and upholstery experts at Dr. Carpet by calling 647.800.5199 today!

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