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What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

water spraying at a man repairing sink faucet while woman watches When your home is facing plumbing failures, water damage can result. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Water Damage Experts In Los Angeles Describe Carpet Construction

If a plumbing failure ever occurs inside your Los Angeles apartment, the liquid will follow gravity and start to accumulate on your floors. Most water damage projects a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO deals with require restoring and cleaning flooring materials like your carpets. When attempting to save carpeting from being removed and replaced, it is important that the restorer knows how carpets get manufactured.

Our SERVPRO technicians study how carpets are made so that we can learn how to best restore them during your water damage mishap in Los Angeles. Knowing the basics of carpet construction allows us to come up with the best methods we can to extract and dry out wet carpets instead of removing and replacing them. How well a carpet holds up to problems depends on several factors, including the characteristics of the fiber, the type, and the quality of the carpet construction. How often a carpet gets vacuumed and cleaned can also play a major role in how well it can withstand moisture.

Most of the carpets that exist inside homes today are tufted, meaning that they are manufactured by tufting machines instead of being handwoven. Tufted carpet can be produced up to 20 times faster than woven flooring, which makes it much cheaper. This type of carpeting includes a face yarn layer, primary backing, latex adhesive, and a secondary backing.

The face yarn of carpets consists of natural fibers such as wool or synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, or polypropylene. The face yarns then get tufted into the primary backing, which consists of a woven or spun-bonded construction made of jute or synthetic materials. The tufts get woven or needle-punched into the primary backing. The primary backing then gets treated with a latex adhesive coating to lock the yarns in place. 

The latex is an adhesive material commonly used to anchor the tufts into the primary backing and to hold both the primary and secondary backings together. Once your carpets get wet, the latex holding the carpet fibers to the backing deteriorates quickly. Once the carpet starts to remove from the backing, the process is called delamination, and the flooring may have to be removed and replaced.

If your carpets ever get wet after your apartment complex suffers from a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7,

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