How to Remove Carpet that is Waterlogged

One of the worst disasters for any homeowner to face is flooding. Whether it is due to a natural phenomenon, such as a hurricane or extreme rain, or whether it is due to burst pipes or some other accidental cause, flooding is devastating to any home. Not only can it destroy wood floors, plaster walls and any type of ceiling, but it can leave carpets completely ruined. One of the most difficult jobs in cleanup is the removal of waterlogged carpets. This article will present several easy to follow steps on how to remove carpet that is waterlogged as easily as possible.

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Step 1 –┬áCut the carpet into smaller, more manageable pieces

What makes removing any carpet harder than it needs to be is that many people try to remove the whole carpet intact. If you intend on saving the carpet, then perhaps that is necessary. But even then, only perhaps. In the event that you are disposing of the carpet, then there is absolutely no reason to keep the carpet in one piece. Thus, the first thing you need to do is slice the carpet into smaller pieces that can be easily removed and transported. Another benefit to cutting the carpet is that it makes it easier to fit the carpet into whatever receptacle you are throwing it away in.

Step 2 – Roll the carpet sections

If you choose to cut the carpet into longer sections, then you can roll these sections up. This makes them far easier to carry, and also reduces the amount of space the carpet takes up when transporting to the dump site. Rolling the carpet can also help to remove a certain amount of excess water, which will help to lighten the load.

Step 3 – Use two people whenever possible

If possible, work with at least one other person while performing any type of heavy duty cleanup. This will prevent situations where you have to move loads heavier than your comfort zone. Two people lifting each section of carpet will make the work not only easier, but safer as well. Safety should always be your top priority, and so every measure to avoid injury should always be taken. In the event that you find yourself working alone, never attempt to lift waterlogged carpet. Even the smallest of pieces will be far heavier than normal due to the amount of absorbed water. If you have to transport waterlogged carpet on your own, always drag the pieces, never lift them.

Step 4 – Remove any carpet hardware

Any carpet hardware, such as thresholds or tacks, need to be removed as well. These pieces are not designed for long exposure to water, and most will rust as a result. When replacing carpet, always replace all elements.


Following these four easy steps for removing waterlogged carpet will help to make it a safer, more efficient task. As always, make sure that you make safety your top priority. As bad as the situation is that requires this cleanup, it will only get worse if you injure yourself in the process. Stay safe, and best of luck!