How to Dry Rain-Soaked Basement Carpeting

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

  • Towels
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Dehumidifier
  • Folding chairs
  • Fans


    • 1

      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.

    • 2

      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.

    • 3

      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.

    • 4

      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.

    • 5

      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.
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