Drying Wet Carpet after a Water Damage

Wet Carpet Drying

By Clay King  AAA Flood Drying

drying wet carpet

Wet carpet can be difficult to dry. Water damage can flood your carpet causing the carpet and pad to get soaked. Removing water from the carpet is not that hard, but the pad will remain wet and can get mold damaged. Drying both can be a trick.

If you do not have a professional dry out your wet carpet then you should at least remove the wet pad. Then try to dry the carpet by its self.

Extracting the water from both the carpet AND the pad is important. Properly installing an air mover and dehumidifier to finish the repair is key. Just blowing air over the top of the wet carpet will not work.

One way is as follows in this video.

Drying Wet Carpet

Thorough extraction of all the water out of both the carpet and the pad should be done with a commercial water extraction unit. Then after inspection of both the carpet and the pad a determination of whether they should be replaced is made. If the carpet can be saved then drying equipment is set up. There are many different methods for drying wet carpet and they all work, but each is used on a case by case basis. A few of the methods are:


  • Removal of wet carpet and pad, for disposal.
  • Save carpet, remove the wet pad for disposal.
  • Float the wet carpet with an Air mover. Plus Commercial Dehumidifiers.
  • In-Place, or Top-Down drying (lots of High volume Air movers and Commercial Dehumidifiers).
  • Heat Drying, Adding specialized heating equipment,  Air movers and Commercial Dehumidifiers.
Water damaged carpets

Wet Carpet Drying

Air movers are set up to strip the moisture out of the wet surfaces and put the moisture into the air. The dehumidifier removes the moisture from the air and pumps it down a drain. The drying equipment runs for about 3-5 days on an average water damage dry out job.


Do not be fooled by a dry carpet though, the walls are probably still wet. As far as concerns go, the wet walls are a much greater threat of mold because they are usually overlooked. If you do not dry the wet walls you could very likely get hidden mold in the damp walls. You should test the walls right away to see how high the water has wicked up the drywall. Then open the walls for drying.

Testing Wet Walls for moisture-Video


Testing the walls for moisture is critical to preventing mold. Once the moisture is located the wet walls need to be removed or dried. This video shows how to test the walls for dampness.


For help to dry your carpet in MA or NH, Please Call AAA Flood Drying  at 844-925-28-56 toll free 24/7


Testing Wet Wall Video

 The next video shows how to dry a wet carpet and pad using heat, very dry air and air movement. With this method both the wet carpet and pad can be saved in-place without any demolition or removal.

Drying a Wet Carpet and Walls in a Basement-Video

In this video, the wet walls and carpet are dried “In-Place” without any damage.

For help to dry your carpet in MA or NH, Please Call AAA Flood Drying  at 844-925-28-56 toll free 24/7