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Why Do I Need to Replace My Carpets After a Flood?

As the days get longer and our beautiful Colorado weather gets warmer, it might be time to face the flood damage from our snowy and rainy spring. At Sloane’s Carpet Secret we understand that it may be convenient to just dry your carpet and ignore the damage, but this will result in many more problems down the road. Just replace that carpet now; you’ll be glad you did! Let’s break down some common misconceptions about flood damage and why you’ll benefit from replacing your carpet.

Damage You Can’t See

We know how tempting it can be to ignore the damage from earlier this spring. If you can’t see it, there must not be damage, right? If only it were that simple. Unfortunately, 24-48 hours following water damage, mold spores have already found a new home in your carpet. In order to grow, mold needs a damp living space, oxygen and a surface to live on. Your damaged carpet is paradise for these spores. The tricky thing about mold is that you may never even see it. All forms of mold produce allergens and some are extremely toxic. Your health just isn’t worth the risk since you have to eat, sleep and live in your house.

Why Can’t I Just Dry My Carpet?

There are some who might say if your carpeted room was flooded, you can just get some high-powered fans to dry the carpet and you’re set. This would work great if we were talking about a spilled water bottle, but in the case of a flood, there is just too much water. Flood water also isn’t clean; it often contains raw sewage, chemical waste and other bacteria. This means you’re then drying unsanitary water on your carpet which may cause severe health or safety problems in the future.

Benefits of Replacing Your Carpet

In addition to your health, which we hope is your No. 1 priority, carpet that has been saturated from flood water will also start to smell over time. It will turn a darker shade in certain places from mold and mildew growth and it will start to have a sinking feeling to it. If you choose to ignore your damaged carpets you could be faced with health issues, musky smelling carpets and uncomfortable carpeting.

How to Use This Information

Now that summer has rolled around, all you want to do is sit back and relax, but it’s important to deal with any flood-damaged carpets right away. We’re here to help! We can help you select the right carpet for your needs at our weekend-only showroom, remove and dispose of your existing carpet and then install your new carpet! Just contact us online or give us a call at 303-300-9555 and we’ll get started.

Have you experienced carpet damage in a flood before? Tell us about it.