Water Damage Determines Carpet Drying Strategy
Building service contractors need to appraise the situation before the drying process begins. The first step is determining the water source and making sure to turn it off or stop it, says Cooper. Afterwards, he says to inspect the structure and source of the water. The category of the water influences how the carpet will be dried — or if it’s even salvageable.
The ANSI/IICRC S500: 2015 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (Fourth Edition) lists three categories of flood water.
Category 1 is clean water with no contaminants — what comes from a broken pipe or pure rainwater. Also, the carpet needs to have been wet for less than 48 hours or the water category may fall to the next level. Read more about the Water Damage Determines Carpet...