How does water damage carpet?
A goal of water damage restoration is to preserve and protect the structure, and one concern is water saturated carpets. Delamination is the most frequent type of damage to carpets when exposed to water. Delamination is caused when the latex adhesive holding the primary backing to the secondary backing is damaged. Good carpets have higher quality of latex and may suffer little damage even after hours of exposure. Cheaper carpets may suffer delamination after only a few hours.
Water damage glue down carpeting often causes bubbling due to loss of adhesive. If just a small area is bubbles, the carpet might be restored. Otherwise, the carpet may need to be replaced.
Mildew usually refers to molds that grow in wet buildings. Natural fiber carpets are especially prone to mildew odor damage. Saturated carpets should be dried properly and treated with a mildew deodorizer.
By responding quickly and drying the carpet thoroughly, SERVPRO professionals can help mitigate these secondary damages following a water loss.