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post #1 of Old 03-27-2007, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Carpet after Flood

I'm remodelling a woman's bathroom, as well as upgrading her sump pumps. As things often do, this question came up while I was there. She has a carpeted basement that has apparently flooded due to sump pump malfunction a number of times over the past couple of years. She shop vacs the water up, but as you would expect the basement has a musty odor - not terrible but still noticeable. My recommendation was to simply rip the carpeting out as I would imagine underneath must be pretty "organic", but she wanted to know if there is a cleaning product that would remove the odor problem. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks
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post #2 of Old 03-27-2007, 09:30 PM
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Sounds like replacement would be best not only the carpet fibers are affected but the carpet backing, Pad Tack strip, and concrete floor.
I would recommend you contact a local expert with flood & mold experience in your area to see if the carpet can be saved.
If this has been going on for a couple of years and not properly dried each time then it sounds like they have a bigger problam then they think. If you smell a musty oder when you walk in the room once you pull some carpet up it will be 100 times worse.Have someone with mold experience deal with it if they just clean or even replace the carpet and do nothing else they will not be correcting the entire problem and may make it worse.
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post #3 of Old 03-29-2007, 06:41 AM
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Sound advice!

The odour-causing organisms will have invaded all porous surfaces and there is likely to be spore everywhere within the space just awaiting suitable conditions to start fresh colonies. Not the sort of problem to be resolved by incomplete treatment.
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post #4 of Old 07-16-2009, 02:07 AM
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Voila, odor gone!

I think it might be good to replace the Carpet but if she is not ready to do so here is a Home-Made Cleaning solution for you

In a large bucket (this will bubble up a lot!) mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 2 cups water and 2 cups white vinegar. Thoroughly scrub the area without soaking the carpet with liquid. Voila, odor gone!

try this I think this might be Useful
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I suggest you to hire the best professional. If you try yourself I think there is no any proper method and maybe it is dangerous for your carpet.

I ever care my carpet floor and clean it regularly thus I donít want to hire professional. However, replacements of carpet fibers sound like critical.

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post #6 of Old 03-15-2010, 12:37 PM
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Superbpack, i agree with you..

professional has the best ideas when it comes to that matter..
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there's a good guide on this here: remove-odour.com/flood-odours/
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Open the doors and windows to allow the air to freely move in and out of the room. Call a professional carpet water damage expert who will assess the carpet's condition and perform the necessary steps to salvage it. Most carpet repair specialists use strong disinfectants to effectively clean the carpet.
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I think ripping the old carpet and getting the whole place treated for mold,which i am pretty sure, must have developed under the carpet because of the dampness. I think getting the whole thing done by a professional will be the best thing to do otherwise the problem of mold will keep coming back year after year.Clear the air by keeping the ventilators open to circulate fresh air and get rid of the dampness too.It might take a little time but I am sure she will be able to achieve her aim of getting her basement clean and dry.
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I'm remodelling a woman's bathroom, as well as upgrading her sump pumps. As things often do, this question came up while I was there. She has a carpeted basement that has apparently flooded due to sump pump malfunction a number of times over the past couple of years. She shop vacs the water up, but as you would expect the basement has a musty odor - not terrible but still noticeable. My recommendation was to simply rip the carpeting out as I would imagine underneath must be pretty "organic", but she wanted to know if there is a cleaning product that would remove the odor problem. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks
Ok.... I can help you here. First if she has a glue down carpet you want to tell her to use Milgo QGC http://www.wayfair.com/Dri-Eaz-Produ...FSRk7AodVnEAfw
Tell her when she has a flood again to just pour the product onto the water on the floor. This will turn all of the water into a mold killer and all she has to do is extract up the water with her wet vac and rent a couple of blowers to dry the carpets. It is important that the blowers blow over the top of the carpet and not directly onto the carpets. Now this is all assuming that her carpets are in good shape and the glue is still holding down the carpets. If she has carpet that is stretched and held in place with tac strips the ball game will change drastically. Her problem now is the padding. Is the padding in good shape or turned to mush and falling apart. At that point, she really will need a professional.

hope this helps
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I recommend keeping the dehumidifier and climate control on for a few weeks and you should be find. If in doubt, demand an inspection, or pay for one yourself if they wont to it.
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Fantastic advice - thanks!
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