- Can people walk on the area during the drying process?
- Why did the technician leave wet carpet on my stairs?
- How quickly can ServiceMaster Restore respond to the emergency situation at my home?
It is strongly suggested that foot traffic is kept to a minimum during the drying process. When necessary, wearing shoes during the drying process is also recommended for safety concerns.
After water damage in your home, stair carpeting is generally not removed for safety reasons. Exposed tack strips or staples, especially on steps, can be dangerous. However, there are situations where removing carpet from stairs is necessary to prevent damage to hardwood steps underneath, or in the case of sewage contamination. Removing tack strips is not advised, as this may damage the hardwood or the subfloor. Extreme caution must be used whenever the tack strip is exposed or when the carpeted stairs are damp. If carpet left on the stairs is unsalvageable, it will be removed when new carpet is installed.
ServiceMaster Restore is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Depending on the situation and conditions, a ServiceMaster Restore representative will arrive at your home for an initial evaluation within a 2 to 4 hours of receiving the call, or sooner.