How to Protect Your Carpet From Water Damage

The rainy days of spring can bring wet weather for days on end. If your basement is prone to flooding, you may get water damage that not only makes your carpets soggy but can become a breeding ground for mold. Here are some ways you can prevent water damage in your home.

And if you do experience water damage to your carpet or upholstery this spring, a call to a trusted water damage restoration company in Michigan is imperative.

Check Your Roof

Don’t wait until a spring deluge happens to check the condition of your roof. Start now. Take a look at your roof from the ground with some binoculars so you don’t have to risk your safety getting up there. Look for missing shingles, damaged flashing, or wear and tear, as well as sagging or signs of rot.

Check the Chimney

While you’re checking your roof, check the chimney at the same time. Look for any gaps or cracks, crumbling bricks, and mortar issues. If you have a chimney cap, make sure it is secure.

Clean Your Gutters

You can use a leaf blower or a trowel to scoop out leaves and other debris that may be clogging your gutters. Do this once in fall and once in spring. If you have trees close to the home, trim them back so the branches don’t overhang the roof.  

Redirect Downspouts

Inspect your downspouts after you clean out your gutters. Make sure water runs unimpeded through the gutters and leave the downspouts in the proper direction. Water that pools at the foundation can cause leaks in the basement as well as erosion. Make sure they extend at least 10 feet away from the home in a sloping manner. To maximize drainage, add a splash block or hinged elbow to your downspouts.

Plan Before You Plant

Before adding new flowers, plants or bushes to your yard, take the time to plan out where everything should go. Don’t plant anything too close to your foundation and other critical areas, as invasive roots can crack not only the foundation but pipes, sprinkler lines, and septic tanks as well.

Test Your Sump Pump

Your best line of defense in a storm is an efficient sump pump. Check the sump pump every spring to ensure proper operation and protect your carpet and foundation.

Inspect Doors and Windows

Check out the areas around doors and windows to ensure a proper seal. If you see any peeling or bubbling caulking, add more. If you spot warped paint and discoloration around windows and doors, these indicate leaking is already happening, putting your home at greater water damage risk in the future.

Contact 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration

Have your carpets been damaged by a storm, flood or plumbing accident? Don’t wait. Call 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration right away at (248) 491-3088. Our powerful pumps can efficiently extract the water from your carpets and rugs thanks to our commercial strength systems. Our drying techniques are quick and ensure no moisture is left which could grow mold.

I have used 1st Class for both a commercial building and our home. Both experiences were great! I thought our carpet at home was past the point of no return, but they did an amazing job. Pet stains and heavy traffic areas look so great. They are super responsive and timely. A great local small business! I would highly recommend.
Lori G.
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Great company, great owners. They always do a thorough carpet cleaning.
Cherie M.
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Excellent service. They really know there stuff when it comes to cleaning carpet and couches. Friendly staff. Very reasonable prices. Thank you.
Dawn M.
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Ginny and Claude came on short notice. They did a great job.
Karen W.
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I could not be happier with our cleaning service from 1st Class! From my first call, Ginny worked with me to optimize the timing of our cleaning with other work being done, and all communication from there was clear and thorough. Claude and Ginny are genuinely nice people and were a pleasure to work with during the cleaning. They clearly know their stuff and stand behind their work. Results were my formerly bedraggled 9 year old carpets looking brand new and a company I will definitely use again and recommend to others.
Sarah C.
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This Company did a fantastic job on our 30+ year old carpet that just won't wear out! While we were moving furniture back afterward, I noticed a strip in a traffic area that didn't look quite right. When I contacted them, they were back out within a few hours and promptly took care of the issue!
Sue G.
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Awesome company, my furniture looks amazing. They were clean and professional. Also, on time and went right to work!
michele G.
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I saw their google reviews and called them for carpet cleaning. Very professional and the best carpet cleaners I have ever had and very reasonable prices. 😊😊😊
Sneha P.
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Very professional, polite, the carpets looked and smelled wonderful!
Christine L.
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I called him on Saturday to clean my couch and my chair and they came out on Sunday and did an awesome job. I will be using this company again
Tina S.
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This company is amazing! I highly recommend them! They were on time and super friendly and did an amazing job! Great experience!
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Team just left moments ago after carpet cleaning. House looks much better already. They got out stuck on stains. Highly recommend them. After using others, they are now our go to carpet cleaning crew.
J. A.
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Are use this company for air duct and dryer vent cleaning services. The team was extremely professional and courteous and informed me of any concerns with my events. I was very happy with the quality of the service and the duration.
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1st Class is exceptional. Extremely responsive, courteous, thorough and on time. Definitely recommend! THANK YOU!
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Wow 1st class is their name for a reason. I had the vent cleaning, carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services done today. They did such a thorough job in 2.5 hours for a 2500 sqft house, very nice owners (husband/wife) team that show up and WORK. Very satisfied.
Caitlin S.
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Hung up the phone and they were at our front door in minutes. Toilet leaking all over wet carpet.
Chris J.
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My 2 dogs got skunked last night. We cleaned up everything we could ourselves but our main rug i couldnt get the smell out. I called 1st class and HANDS DOWN the FASTEST SERVICE IVE EVER GOTTEN. Lucky for me they live down the road and were here at my house 15 mins later. Totally professional, got rid of the smell and so understanding and helpful.Im passing there information on to all my neighbors and friends because you dont get service like they provide anywhere else!!!Thanks again for everything!!!!
Kyle O.
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Would recommend this company. On time and courteous. Excellent job on my carpet which was extremely dirty looks great now.
Dorothy M.
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They were fabulous! They were early and got some nasty stuff out. Thank you so much.
Laura Y.
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We have a carpet that was the best quality at the time, but is 30 years old. It had so many stains, I was sure they were permanent. The owners showed up with state of the art equipment and 'steam' cleaned, not hot water clean, and got almost every stain and mark out of this old carpet. It honestly looks like new. The only stain remaining was because it was actual wood stain and you have to replace the carpet with that much damage. The steam allows you to walk on the carpet in 6 hours instead of the usual 24. We are selling this house and the carpet was the only sore spot, but not anymore. I will recommend this company to family and friends with a clear conscience.
Tom T.
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On time. Easy to contact and schedule appointment. The carpet looks great!
Carla P.
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Very professional. Did a great job. They are the only carpet cleaning company I use.
Absolutely awesome experience! I needed anti-microbial cleaning for a guest coming with severe allergies. They arrived promptly, were fast and efficient and I’ll recommend them all day long.
Ann I.
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Excellent, thorough duct and carpet cleaning. Will definitely use them again!
Dawn B.
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Did a first-class job on time and very professional. No pricing games just a good honest job at a good fair price.
El C.
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Claude was a great guy and too informative. He explained me of every bit of the services that he was doing. I would definitely try him all the time and would recommend him :-)
Chinmaya J.
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After our crawlspace flooded due to a frozen pipe, we could not have asked for a better experience or better service than what Claude provided. One of the perks of a small town and local business - we called in the later evening hours on a weeknight, expecting to get voicemail and/or be told we would have to wait a couple days, but Claude was there with a pump within 20 minutes! A good 2-3 feet of water was pumped and gone by the next morning allowing us to quickly get our pipe fixed and boiler up and running so we could heat our house. Claude brought a blower over, checked in with us regularly, and finalized his part by spraying to prevent mold. Friendly, knowledgeable, and more than fair in pricing. We highly recommend this local small business!
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Cid C.
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Very knowledgeable and arrived right on time. Happy with cleaning and would highly recommend. Plan to use again.
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1st class carpet cleaning lives up to its name! Great work and left us with clean carpet and furniture that we thought needed to be replaced! All at affordable pricing and friendly service.
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These gentlemen were very professional! They really know their craft!
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Excellent service and quality work and did two of our rugs for free!!
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Very professional, attention to detail and customer service oriented. Recommend this company highly.
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