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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Question

We suffered minor flooding in two rooms caused by rain water. The water is almost gone, but a smell has developed that will not go away. Is the source of odor the padding? Do we need to scrap the padding and replace it with new? Can the padding be saved?


Answer

In all likelihood the source of the odor is mold. From your description it sounds as if you didn't do much initially to dry the carpet and pad and consequently the moisture has made it an ideal breeding ground for mold.
It is likely that you will need to replace the carpet and the pad, but more important you need to get the rooms dry. I recommend you bring in a water damage specialist to assess the situation. They'll have equipment that will enable them to dry the room quickly and completely (special fans and dehumidifiers).
John Downey
Founder - Cleanfax Magazine
Owner - Downey's Carpet Care of Granville
Instructor - (OS1) Carpet Care