Here is how to extend the life of carpet and keep it looking great for years and years
Being a quality carpet and restoration company means that it’s important for us to keep up with the latest techniques for your cleaning and restoration needs. So, instead of buying a Carpet Cleaning for Dummies book or just watching a bunch of videos on YouTube, Sooner Water Restoration decided to attend an Applied Structural Drying course and earn our certification in the subject matter. We know you’re jealous that we’re getting to take a wild and crazy class like this, but we promise we’ll give you the inside scoop after it’s over.
One of the best parts of this course is that it’s a hybrid between classroom work and hands-on experience. This means that rather than just absorbing copious amounts of information about water restoration, we’ll have the opportunity to test out the skills we’re learning so that we can provide you the highest quality of service.
We all remember the copious amounts of precipitation we received around this time last spring. We’re not sure who did the rain dance that brought on that water, but we definitely saw a lot of flooded homes by the end of it. Both water leaks and floods are very serious issues in homes and commercial properties, and they both require immediate attention. We want to make sure that you’re ready for any sort of situation involving water infiltration. We developed some steps for you to take if you have a water leak or flooding, so you’ll be better equipped to diffuse the situation.
- If you can't stop the water flow, call a plumber immediately.
- If possible, keep the temperature cool in the area to prevent mold growth.
- Place foil or plastic below furniture legs to prevent stains to the carpet.
- Turn off the electricity in all affected areas.
- Remove items from the floor in closets.
- Put drapes/curtains on hangers and place on a rod to prevent water stains.
- Remove all area rugs.
- Do not use a vacuum, this may cause an electrical shock.
- Try not to walk on wet carpet.
The age of a house isn’t always a factor. Some of the dirtiest vents we see are the result of new construction and remodeling. Paint spraying, refinishing wood floors, adding any kind of new flooring, and outside stuff coming indoors. Using good filters and changing them regularly are both very important, but sometimes that isn’t enough.
We serve all types of water restoration problems resulting from water leaks to natural disasters. From all our experience we have put together some tips and suggestions to help prevent water damage in your home or business. Did you know water damage doesn’t always have to come after heavy rain? Here are some trouble spots you may not have thought of…
- Appliances: Your water heater, washer, dishwater, refrigerator and air conditioner are all common sources for water damage. Aged water heaters can rust and leak, water supply hoses on washing machines and dishwashers can develop leaks and hundreds of gallons of water can escape leaving harmful damage.
- Pipes and Drains: Plumbing problems like clogs and stoppages can lead to overflowing appliances such as toilets, sinks and washers. Other issues include grease buildup in kitchen sinks, lint accumulation in washers and roots in sewer lines. Especially in the winter, frozen pipes can burst and damage the building.
- Roofing: Missing, damaged or weakened roofing materials can allow water to entry through the roof and damage your ceiling, walls and floors. Poor attic insulation and ventilation can speed up a roof’s decay and create ice dams in the winter. The weather, like wind, snow, rain and ice, can also hurt the roof’s effectiveness at keeping water out.
Regular inspections can save you from a water damage situation. Make this a checklist for your own home or business to stay dry this summer.
- Repair any damaged roofing materials
- Repair deteriorated soffits, siding, trim or flashing that may allow water to enter your home
- Clean gutters, eves and downspouts to allow water to drain freely
- Ensure that there is adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and that attic vents are clear
- Make sure there isn’t dampness or standing water in the basement or crawl spaces. If there is, give us a call because that may be evidence that there is a leak or improper damage
- Look for signs of existing leaks on ceilings, walls, floors and near appliances that use water
- Make sure hose connections are secure in washers, icemakers, dishwashers and any other appliances using water
- Recaulk and regrout around sinks, showers and tubs when necessary and repair all leaking shower pans and loose or missing tiles
- Check and replace washing machine hoses regularly, making sure there are no signs of cracking, bulging or other deterioration
- Follow all recommended maintenance procedures for your appliances and equipment
- A drip pan can be placed under the hot water heater so small leaks won’t spread and damage the floor
There are also leak detection systems that can help you keep an eye on your problems areas.
- Passive leak detection systems alert you to possible water leaks and generally have an alarm and a flashing light. These systems sit on the floor or are mounted on the wall and have a moisture sensor that activated when it becomes wet. Pass systems cost from $8 to $45 per unit.
- Active leak detection systems generate an alarm and perform a water-stopping function. These systems can be appliance-specific, so when they detect a leak they simply shut off the appliance’s water supply. These systems can range from $50 to $150. Active systems can also be whole house systems that will shut off the main water service when they identify a leak and range from $500 to $1,500.
We hope this valuable information will help you prevent water damage to your home. Feel free to call us any day, anytime at 405-329-8999 if you do need water restoration. Our services include:
- Water extraction
- Structural drying
- Water drying
- Air Purification & Deodorizing
- Raw sewage cleanup
- Mold remediation services
- Full service painting and repair
- Full service reconstruction with Mitchell Construction