When to Call Pros for Disaster Restoration Services

May 18, 2017


It can seem like a daunting task, but many homeowners and business owners with no professional handyman skills can easily remove carpet after certain types of disasters.  With the right tools and advice, you will soon see why it makes more sense to save money by removing your own carpet.  In addition to removing the carpet, disposal is included to protect your health and safety.  To get a better idea of how to complete a carpet removal project from start to finish, keep reading.

Reasons to avoid professional carpet removal

There are several good reasons to want to remove carpet as soon as possible, and one of them is the damage it will continue to do if it is heavily soiled from toilet or plumbing issues.  Another potential reason to avoid hiring a pro to remove the carpets is previous knowledge of what lies underneath.  For example, if you installed carpet with no padding or adhesives and know that there is finished hardwood floors underneath, removing carpet yourself is easy with some basic advice.

When to consider professional services

There are times when homeowners are extremely successful with DIY projects from start to finish, and some continue after the carpet is removed by installing new flooring.  Despite this, there are some exceptions.  For example, if removing carpet reveals extreme rot or mold on the floorboards, a pro needs to be called to remove and repair the base before more flooring is installed.  Other difficulties that might need help from a pro is cleaning up adhesives or padding stuck to the floor underneath the carpet.  

Finally, one serious consideration to make is removing carpet from a home or business that involves a crime scene.  Especially if the carpet might contain biological material from a person, weaponry, or police chemicals that were dispersed, it is better to have trained professionals remove the carpet to dispose of it lawfully as hazardous waste.

What to expect after carpet is removed

When the carpet and padding have been removed, the next steps are to clean, dry or clear the area.  When all of the debris is out-of-the-way, the area is dry, and the area has been vacuumed, the floorboards can be assessed.  During this assessment, more help can be assigned to particular issues.  

This is also a good opportunity to fix any problems that might be lurking in squeaky floors.  If more carpet is being installed, it is important to keep the previous tack strip in place.  On the other hand, if you notice the tack strip is rusted or seems to be missing teeth, a new one can be easily installed by the homeowner.

How to arrange old carpet for disposal

Many carpet removal tips or guides deviate when carpet disposal is discussed, but it is our opinion that cutting carpet into smaller strips should be avoided.  Waste management companies often allow carpet to be thrown in the trash if it is in small strips, but the cutting of the carpet often results in injuries.  Instead, it is recommended to dispose of the carpet with a truck and take it to an appropriate junkyard.  

To get carpet ready for transport, wrap it in plastic wrap or with plastic bags to help cinch or tie it for moving onto a truck to take to a landfill.  Larger pieces of plastic sheeting should be used to completely cover carpet rolls especially if it has pests or severe soiling.  

Naturally, if any of these jobs are too intense for you or your best-laid DIY plans go wrong, we are happy to help.  Give ServiceMaster Quality Services a call, and we will help finish your carpet removal project. Another reason you might want to call us is if the disaster affected more in your home of office than just the carpet, especially if you are concerned if their are areas inside of the walls that might have became wet when the disaster happened. 


Topics: disaster, Disaster Restoration Services, Restoration Services