Water Damaged Carpet (AVOID Doing This!)

A water leak or flood can happen at any time, from any source. When it happens to your home, it can cause a lot of damage. You need to act quickly to minimize the damage. To do this, you need to clean up the water as soon as possible. You can do this by removing excess water from your carpet. The sooner you take care of the excess water, the sooner your carpet will be back to normal.


If your carpet is not exposed to water, then it doesn’t need to be replaced. It should just be cleaned up to remove any residual moisture left behind. The process of cleaning up carpet is called dehumidification. In this article, you will learn about the different types of carpets, the signs of moisture damage, and the best methods for dehumidifying your carpet.

What is Water Damage?

Water damage is the deterioration of any material due to the presence of water. It can happen to any material that is porous, such as most building materials. However, it is most commonly seen in carpets. Water-damaged carpets will have a musty odor, a weak structure, and reduced padding. Water-damaged carpets will also be heavier than normal.

Water damage is often caused by floods, broken pipes, and weather events. 

When it comes to carpets, excess moisture will damage the padding in the carpet. After flooding, the carpet will retain moisture for an extended period of time. This can lead to mold or other dangerous situations. 

Signs of Moisture Damage

  • Musty Smell – The musty smell is a sign that there is excess moisture in the carpet padding.
  • Heavy Carpet – The heavy carpet is a sign that there is too much moisture in the carpet.
  • Water spots on the carpet. You can often feel these or they are visible. You can also use a moisture meter when you are not sure. 

Carpets are made out of different materials:

Wool, jute, or cotton- These are natural materials. If there isn’t too much water, it might be quite easy to remove. If there is more water on them, it can be hard to get it out.

Synthetics such as Nylon or Polypropylene – These are man-made materials. Depending on the type of nylon, the water might be simple to remove.

The pattern and color also have an impact on how easy it is to clean a carpet after it has been wet. Darker colors are often easier to clean. Complex patterns and drawings will make it harder as the colors can mix. 

How to Dehumidify Carpet

Make sure that the source of the water leak has been stopped. You might need to call a plumber if needed.

When it comes to dehumidifying carpets, you have three main options. The first option is by vacuuming the excess water out of your carpet. The second option is by using a dehumidifier. The third option is drying it in the sun.

When choosing the best method for dehumidifying your carpet, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. 

Find out how much water is in your carpet.  

Once you know how much water is in your carpet, you can begin dehumidifying it. If there is a lot of water, begin dehumidifying your carpet, you can a wet vacuum to remove the excess water from the carpet. 

If there is not a lot of water, you can just let the water get out and dehumidify the room. This is only for very small water spots. There are professional dehumidifiers that have sensors to check how humid the room is. They can adjust the humidity to make it drop. You can also use a hairdryer on the carpet but be careful that you don’t overheat the carpet. Also, be careful that you don’t get electrocuted as some air dryers use electricity and this doesn’t work well with water.

Don’t forget to clean the surface under the carpet as this can contain water as well. This should be mopped up and dried. Wait until the floor is completely dry before you place a carpet on the floor again. If the carpet is fixed, you might want to open a few corners to check if the area under the carpet is dry or not. Some carpets have plastic under them and this holds the water from seeping onto the floor under it. 

 You can also try to let the carpet dry in the sun. This might take longer though and damage some of the colors of the carpet if it stays too long in the sun. For this reason, it is not optimal for carpets with drawings. This also only works for carpets that aren’t attached to a subfloor.

Sometimes you just have to throw out the carpet. If the water was dirty, it can be hard to get the smell out of the carpet. You can hire specialized companies to help you with this. 

Final Words: Is your Carpet Water-Damaged?

Now that you know how to dehumidify your carpet, you can begin cleaning up the water and dehumidifying your carpet. When you begin to clean up the water, you will begin to notice the carpet and the subfloor. You can use a shop vac to vacuum out the water and remove any debris that is on your carpet.

Once the water is removed, you can begin dehumidifying your room. There are dehumidifiers that you can use. Opening the windows can help as well. There are sensors that can be used to measure the moisture in the room. Check if there is no moisture left and make sure that there is no mold growing.

Remember, excessive moisture in your carpet is dangerous and will eventually cause damage. If you notice any sign of moisture damage, then you should clean up the water as soon as possible. If you want to prevent this from happening, then you need to clean up the water immediately.

We have discussed the differences between a rug and a carpet here. This is useful information if you can’t remove the stain and need a new carpet.