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Old 01-09-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Wet carpet from a frozen pipe


Well, we're a victim of the polar vortex that came through. Even though we took precautions to prevent frozen pipes, we had one freeze and burst. It was a spigot on an exterior wall, and thankfully it was in our mudroom. We weren't home at the time, but it appears as though it was not flowing for very long as the amount of water on the floor wasn't as bad as it could've been.

The water did go from the mudroom to the adjoining room, which is carpeted. An area approximately measuring 3'x3' was wet. I immediately used a carpet cleaner to suck up the water, or as much as I could get up. I have since placed a dehumidifier in the room (although, I don't see any water in the catch basin, so not sure if it is doing anything). When we first arrived home, the carpet was "squishy" - when you walked on it, you heard a noise and it was clearly wet. Now, although wet, it feels like a freshly cleaned carpet (maybe a little more wet than that, but definitely not "squishy").

So I'm wondering, what else should I do? I've read about pulling the carpet back, but with such a small area that is wet, I'm wondering if I need to do that? If pulling it back is necessary, I'm not even sure how I'll go about getting the carpet put back down correctly after all is dry.

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Old 01-09-2014, 11:02 AM   #2
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Carpet needs to be pulled back, padding cut out so the subfloor can dry out.
Replace the padding with new.
A simple knee kicker can be used to get it tight again.

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There has to be a simpler way!

OK, two questions:
1) what is the best way to pull up such a small area? Guessing I need to remove the baseboard in the room (at least on two walls) and pull it up from there?
2) are knee kickers rentable? I know the basic idea behind using a knee kicker - just knee it and make sure that the kick gets the carpet stretched AND connected to the tack strip?
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If it was properly installed, it won't be under the baseboard. Just grab it next to the wall with a pair of pliars and pull it up. There are several videos on youtube showing how to use a kicker.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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Hmm, with my luck it won't be properly installed. Haha

Seriously though, thanks for that tip. I know what my evening will consist of now. :D
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