FLOOR HELP! MY CARPET IS SOAKED…………
You're enjoying the pitter patter sound of rain outside your window. That is until a family member yells "It's RAINING inside the house!" or "The basement is flooded." Either way, it's a serious mess! Wet Carpet Emergency! Don't panic, but don't delay. Get straight to work on the wet carpet. You need to get the water out of the carpet quickly for several reasons.
Besides preventing mildew, drying the carpet will help preserve it. The longer the carpet is wet, the faster it
will go bad. Wet carpet glue starts to break down and, as it does, the two backings that keep your carpet looking like a carpet
(and not like a bunch of yarn) will start to separate. The big word here is de-lamination. Simply put, carpet has two backs sandwiching the carpet into a large fabric (it's a textile) on your floor. When the glue breaks down or gets soggy it's easier to peel them apart like a fresh grilled cheese sandwich.

If it doesn't dry enough you can get bubbles or wrinkles in the carpet which is evidence those places have come apart, or separated, from the backing. In a worse case the tufts of the carpet can be pulled out like if you were pulling grass out of a soggy lawn because there is nothing keeping it held in anymore. Our office recommends if you have water on your carpet get it out as quick as you can, pull back the carpet and get floor dryers on it. The pad may be trashed but if you can get
the carpet dry you could rescue it! (TIP: Start at the corner of a room after moving the furniture, to pull back. Use a pair of pliers and wear work gloves).

Call an Emergency Water Professional to get the water out or pull it out with a wet/dry vacuum. Move the furniture off the wet carpet so it doesn't wick up the woods or have the emergency crew do that. While you wait on them start moving personal effects and small electronics out of the room. The carpet should be pulled back off the tack strips to get air to it after the water has been sucked up. To SAVE YOUR CARPET do NOT let them cut the carpet! I cannot tell you how many times I've been to a client's home and we cannot seam the old carpet back together nicely or at all because a loop Berber carpet was cut in a wavy line away from the walls. Repairing the carpet in this way is noticeable and not pretty. If the carpet is pulled back and gets fully dry we can lay down new pad and re-stretch the carpet back into place.

SUPER SPOTLIGHT
All Clean Restoration Services Inc.
Since All Clean was founded in 1980, we have strived to identify things which will improve the loss-limiting restoration service that we provide. We are certified professionals and provide 24 hour service. We specialize in industrial, commercial and residential as well as welcome insurance claims.
  • Fire & Smoke Damage
  • Emergency Water Removal
  • Complete Structure Drying
  • Sewer Backflow Cleanup
  • Mold & Mildew Treatment
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

We aim for excellence in everything we do!

Mike Nagy, Owner
2300 S. Illinois, Belleville, Illinois 62220
Phone: Illinois - 618.235.3202 Missouri - 314.454.0442
Email

BUILD A DISASTER KIT!

After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be
unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location. Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily. Your basic emergency kit should include:
  • Water - one gallon per person per day
  • Food - ready to eat or requiring minimal water
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
  • First Aid kit & instructions
  • A copy of important documents & phone numbers
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Disposable camera
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.

Don't forget water and supplies for your pets. A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly.
Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

  • Flashlight
  • Radio - battery operated
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.
Don't forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.