Carpet & Padding after a Sump Pump Failure
Restore or Replace
The floodwater sat in this finished basement undetected for several days after the sump pump failed. SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA’s crew extracted the water and removed the carpet and padding.
The number one factor determining whether your carpet and/or pad can be saved is the type of floodwater that caused the damage and how long the carpet and pad were exposed.
Types of Floodwater
There are three floodwater categories that determine whether the carpet and padding can be restored to their pre-disaster condition:
Category 1 (clean water):
Non-contaminated water that may come from a broken pipe, sink, etc. After the water has been extracted, carpets and pads can be dried and restored in place.
Category 2 (gray water):
Dirty water that has been released by sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. The carpet can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. The pad is replaced in most cases.
Category 3 (black water):
Water containing dangerous contaminants that may originate from sewage and toilet backflows as well as from floods caused by natural disasters. To protect your family’s health, carpets and pads should be removed, discarded and replaced.