One of the things replaced most frequently after a flood and water damage restoration is the carpeting in the affected room(s). Water can deteriorate carpeting and cause mold and mildew growth. While many carpets can be cleaned and restored, some homeowners take the opportunity to get brand-new carpet instead. However, some people don’t realize that carpeting is not always easy to replace.
Steps to Replace Carpeting
A professional water damage restoration company can restore carpeting quickly in many cases; however, when it comes time for replacement, you still need a professional. Carpet replacement is not easy and professional carpet layers can always get the job done quicker, more efficiently, and with fewer errors than someone trying to DIY the job.
Tools you need to replace carpet:
- Tackless strips
- Carpet scissors
- Staple gun
- Knee kicker
- Dust mask
- Utility mask
Steps to replacing carpet include:
- Put on dust mask and gloves
- Tear our existing carpet and padding
- Clean the flooring to ensure no mold or mildew will grow
- Install tackless strips
- Install padding
- Lay the carpeting
- Trim excess threads
Many of the steps to replacing the carpet are a process including the way to install tackless strips, padding, and laying the carpet. In some cases, you can reuse the tackless strips from the previous carpeting if there was no damage; however, when it comes to water damage restoration, total replacement is recommended to avoid mold, bacteria, and other contaminants from affecting the new carpet.
Is Carpet Replacement Expensive?
Carpet replacement is often a part of water damage restoration and when included as part of the process to mitigate flooding and other water damage, replacing carpet is often less expensive than if you were to do it on a whim. Most homeowners can expect the average cost of replacement to be around $1,500 depending on the size of the room.
Call ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburgh today to find out how we can help you with your water damage restoration needs at 412-376-4645.