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Old 02-08-2008, 07:21 PM   #1
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wet carpet ,now what ?

we had a horrible cold front that blew the vent cover off the roof and rain,rain,rain came in. the carpet is totally soaked, under seats etc. is it even worth trying to dry and clean ? since the water is under seats and appliances should we just have new flooring put in and suck it up $$ . what could we use in place of carpeting ?

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Old 02-08-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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Dry it as much as you can with towels -Open windows and doors and put in a few fans blowing on high., Do it now.

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Old 02-08-2008, 07:29 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear of your mis-hap. Get a wet/dry vac and suck up as much of the water as you can. Then blot the areas with towels....then paper towels and finally use a few fans to air dry them with the ambient air....NO HEAT!!!!! and possibly a de-humidifier or two. It's a lot of work, but you should at least try to save what you have before 'throwing in the towel' and getting new flooring......just my opinion of course!

I had a house that flooded and most of the carpets were saved by this method.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:49 PM   #4
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If the moisture intrusion is recent, all the above comments are excellent. Wet vac the carpet, blot dry as best you can, and then make sure the subfloor area is dry. You may have to remove some of the fixtures (furniture, floor bearing cabinets, et cetera) and raise the carpet to expose the subfloor to forced (fanned) ventilation, but it will be well worth the effort. A little bit of "wet" goes a long way if you leave it... leading to rot. I have owned a number of sailboats and a quick evacuation of moisture is important to preservation of the interior. Lift up the carpet & padding as much as possible and ventilate.

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:03 PM   #5
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3rd choice: Put a fan on it. Air movement will help evaporate but is slow if atmospheric relative humidity is high.
2nd choice: Closing all the windows and getting a moisture absorbent like DampRid.
1st choice: Closing the windows and using a dehumidifier inside.

The key is getting rid of the moisture faster than molds and mildew can grow. Leaving windows open means that choices 2 & 1 are removing more moisture coming from outside than from the inside of the trailer.

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:38 PM   #6
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Thirty years in insurance - my opinion is take it out - that's what we tell our claimants. It will mold if you don't and it will smell - no matter how you try to clean it.
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:49 PM   #7
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Thirty years in insurance - my opinion is take it out - that's what we tell our claimants. It will mold if you don't and it will smell - no matter how you try to clean it.
ditto. you don't want to mess with mold and it will absolutely mold. also considering how much time airstreams spend closed up vs. natural ventilation, it's a no-brainer IMHO.

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Old 02-09-2008, 08:19 AM   #8
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What I would do is turn on the heat for a while then turn on the air conditioning on,this will pull all the moisture out. This process will work if you fitrst vacum up as much water as you can.
Regards from Russell insunny and cool Tucson Az.

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