Rain seeping into basements from windows or open doors can soak basement carpeting. Quickly drying the carpet prevents mold and mildew growth as well as odors. Allowing a damp carpet to remain in the basement may affect exposed wood and drywall as moisture eventually can cause them to rot.
Things You'll Need
- Wet/dry vacuum
- Folding chairs
Sop up excess water from the basement carpeting with towels. Press the towels into the carpet to squeeze out the liquid. Continue pressing the towels into the carpet until water stops releasing from the flooring.
Vacuum the carpet with a wet/dry vacuum. Slowly run the vacuum back and forth over the carpet. Empty the holding tank of water when it is half-full to keep the suction high on the vacuum. Work the vacuum over the carpet until liquid stops entering the water tank.
Place a dehumidifier in the basement to remove moisture from the air that may keep the carpet damp. Check the holding pan in the dehumidifier twice per day, and empty it if it becomes full.
If the carpet can be removed, place it on an outside concrete area to dry out. Air dry the carpet for several days in the sun. At night, roll the carpet up and place it in the house or garage to avoid dew from dampening the flooring. Return the carpet to the basement after two to three days of drying in the sun.
Direct a fan at the carpet if you cannot remove it from the basement. If the carpet is not attached to the floor, lift areas of the carpet up and place folding chairs or other items under them to hold the carpet away from the floor. Situate fans to blow under the carpet to remove moisture.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not place the carpet on grass as it can kill the grass and will not dry adequately.
- The sun dries the carpet and kills any mold or mildew that may have started to form.
- Photo Credit Background carpet image by fotolia Â© 2happy from Fotolia.com
How to Troubleshoot a Wet Basement
Take care of water seeping into the basement before it damages stored items or fills the family room with mildew. Controlling the...
How to Restore Carpet After Water Damage
How to Restore Carpet After Water Damage. If you have been the victim of a flood or a water leak, your carpet...
How to Dry Carpet
Drying carpet after it's completely saturated is important to prevent mildew and mold growth. Mold and mildew can begin growing in less...
How to Dry Wet Carpet in the Basement
Water leaking into a basement due to cracks in the foundation or cracks in the concrete floor can cause damage to both...
How to Clean Wet Carpets
The sink has overflowed, the bathtub has leaked or some other water accident has soaked your carpets. Take immediate action to clean...
How to Keep a Basement Dry
Is your basement damp, wet, or prone to flooding? Having a damp or flooded basement not only ruins a good mood, it...
How to Clean Basement Carpet
Basement floors can see high levels of moisture, especially if they are in humid, warm climates. Likewise, many basements are used as...
How to Dry a Soaked Carpet
A soaked carpet and its padding need to be dried as quickly as possible to prevent mold and the deterioration of the...
How to Detect a Water Leak in a Concrete Slab
You might not think something as harmless as water could cause much damage to something as strong as concrete. A water leak,...
Why Does My Basement Smell After It Rains?
If your basement smells after it rains, you may have a mold problem on your hands. The cool, moist atmosphere in basements...