While there is not a standard cost for water extraction, the national average is $150-$500. Yes, that is a wide gap, but you have to factor in the varying costs of labor, the size of the affected area, and the depth and severity of the stain and/or removal. Geography is also a factor as different markets mean different rates. It is always best to research and compare rates, and get a referral if you can. Also know that many smaller issues can be DIY projects if you are up for the challenge.
What are signs of water damage?
There are multiple indications you have water damage. Visual evidence, like fresh spots and stains on your carpet, are a big clue. Unpleasant odors in the room are common if the water has settled and mold or mildew has formed. Warped walls or floors are also an indicator of water damage. Do you have unusually high water bills while under normal consumption? That could be a sign of leaky or faulty pipes.
How does professional water extraction work?
Water extraction is a carpet cleaning method that uses a machine to forcefully inject a water and cleanser solution into the carpet. The machine quickly extracts the solution back out, removing dirt and grime, and allowing the carpet to dry quickly. You can hire a professional to clean your carpet this way, or you can DIY by renting a carpet cleaner and following the instructions.
How can you get water stains out of carpet?
One way to remove water stains from a carpet is a vinegar and water solution. Use equal parts vinegar and water and apply lightly to the stain, enough to moisten, but not saturate. Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then gently dab out with a towel (paper or cloth). You might need to repeat the process to fully remove the stain. Make sure the carpet fully dries between applications. When finished, vacuum the area to completely remove any dirt. If this does not remove the stain, consult a professional cleaner.
How can you extract water from carpet?
There are several ways to extract water from wet carpet. Using a vacuum cleaner (make sure it’s capable of water removal--like a shop vac)will efficiently and effortlessly remove water. You can also go old-school and use towels to soak it up. Fans and hairdryers can speed up the drying process, and a de-humidifier can aid in the drying out of wet carpet. Be sure to check for wet carpet padding underneath.