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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2007, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Water leak, oh boy.....please advise

Got back from a weeks vacation to discover my eheim connnection came loose (very crappy design if you ask me). Anyhow, 20 gallons of water in the carpet. I have shop vac'd but its not doing much to help.

Any other ideas on getting the water out?

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Oh god, does that bite! I've had a similar disaster in the past. I used my steam cleaner to pull out as much of the water as possible, but by the time I got to it, mold had already set in. You'll need to pull the wet carpet back from the wall, as well as the padding. I personally had to cut out that area of pad and replace it. but I pulled it all back and put large fans on it for about 48 hours. What do you have underneath your carpet? Hardwood? Cement?
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yup, pull the carpet out... go tile floors


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Only suggestion is to replace the carpet. If you discovered after you came home from vacation, the water may have been there for quite a while. Replace the carpet to prevent mold buildup.

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I was pretty lucky in that the carpet itself hadn't become moldy. It was the pad that made the entire house smell like a litter box. After we pulled the carpet back and dried out the pad, it was too late for the pad, and we had to replace just that section. If you caught it early enough, and it didn't start to mold in the sub-flooring you might be ok. Our subflooring was cement, so no problem. The carpet gets a lot of air flow through the weave, but the padding is what gets really nasty when it's wet. You can probably get away with just removing that large section of padding and put a new piece down. After the carpet is all dried out, just lay it back down and staple it back in place and you should be good. You might want to spray it well with Fabreze or do what I did and coat it with a box of baking soda and let it sit for a day, then vac it off. My carpet is white, and you'd never know that my tank leaked all over it.
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I have had a carpet cleaning service come in and suck up the water, we treated it with an anti bacterial treatment and I removed the padding and rolled back the carpet and we have large fans working it dry. Hopefully thats the cure in this case.
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