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Old 08-04-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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I walked in my basement and felt the carpet was wet. After doing some troubleshooting. I concluded that the condensation tubes were clogged. I dumped drano in the pipe and flushed with water. The water started to flow at a decent pace. I sucked up as much water with a steam cleaner as possible. I had fans running over night. I went back again this morning and its not completely dry. The carpet is starting to stain. Before I call in someone. I was thinking of pulling back the carpet and checking underneath. I think the carpet can be salvaged but not sure about the padding. I am having trouble finding the seems in the carpet. Can I cut the carpet by the wall and pull it back without ruining the carpet? As you can tell I am not the mosty handy person so I just want to make sure I dont make it worse. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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Well, I wouldn't cut the carpet.

You can either call a place like ServPro who is used to water damage and how to recover a house from it.

The steam cleaner you used probably wasn't strong enough to pull out water from underneath the carpet. You could call a place like Stanley Steemer or somebody with truck mounted carpet cleaning machine. These are going to do a better job of pulling the water out.

You can lift the carpet up off the carpet tacks (usually located under the molding around the bottom of your wall. Pull it back and let it dry.

Time is of the essence, though, as you don't want mold/mildew to set it.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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A dehumidifier (which extracts water from the air) works better than household fans. You should probably have one for your basement regardless, but it would help in this situation. And I agree with ChristineVA (when we had heavy rains 6-7 years ago, the newly carpeted basement flooded despite a sump pump system, which has since been extended, and we had to have this done).
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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You might want to call your home owners insurance company and report it. Replacing a carpet can get expensive and you would need to call them before you too much yourself. Did any wall board get wet? Is there wetness behind the wall that will grow mold?

I second the idea of using a dehumidifier. Although drying a carpet will take time.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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My old house flooded a couple of years ago due to a burst water pipe. The first thing that the repair company did was pull back the carpet and the pad; and there were so many commercial fans running that I had to have extension cords to pull from other outlets due to overload that circuit.

Even with that, and it was caught quickly, they did not believe that the pad was salvageable.

I agree with the others. You have to get someone in there; and ensure that there isn't anything that could create mold. A call to your insurance company is definitely in order as well.

Good luck.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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Twice I have had water damage on my carpet and each time I was told that the pad had to be replaced. The third time, I pulled back the carpet from the edge of the wall, and then cut out a section of the wet pad, put in a new pad and then put the carpet back.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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Since carpet is made with latex glue(water soluble), it needs to be dried quickly. It also will grow mold if not dried fast. The pad, almost always needs to be replaced.
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