For so many homes, the presence of carpet is an attractive and value enhancing amenity, designed to increase the level of comfort in the residence, as well as adding value to the price of the property. Over time, carpets may be worn or damaged for a variety of reasons, most of which may be cleaned up and repaired as they occur. One problem that can cause immediate and long term damage to your carpet is water damage. A water damaged carpet can be extraordinarily difficult to repair, and the consequences of ailing to do so may result in serious issues that may prove problematic when it comes to getting rid of them.
In any case of carpet water damage, you should find the source of the water and shut it off. This will prevent more water from damaging the carpet, as well as allowing you to determine the type of water you are dealing with, if there are contaminants involved, etc. As important as the removal process is, beginning any sort of remediation without identifying the type of water involved is an exercise in futility.
Water extraction, either through wet-dry vac units or heavy duty submersible pumps, can be most effective, removing up to 90% of the water contained therein. The down side is that there will still be enough water left in the carpet to cause some headaches. With any case sof water damage, if the problem is not promptly and thoroughly remediated, there will be long term problems such as mold.
Keep traffic to a minimum when dealing with water damage, and remove all furnishings and other loose items to be repaired and cleaned up elsewhere. This will allow water remediation to be performed with a minimum of obstructions.
Any time you have a water damaged carpet, it is never enough to simply dry the water up. You have to consider that the water may have soaked below the carpet and affected the flooring below. All errant water needs to be dried up and the area treated in order to prevent future problems. This usually means taking the carpet up, removing and replacing the damaged padding, and drying out the flooring beneath the carpet. In some cases, the remediation process may have to be performed more than once in order to obtain full effect.