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  • 911! Water+Carpeted Dressing Room=911

    How do I deal with this disaster before mold makes it a FEMA case?

    The whole shebang is carpeted and pretty wet.

    It will be hard to plug in a fan. Someone recommended Dry-Z-Air-- a little pod of dessicant things.

    No indoor parking, so I can't open everything up. But DR does have a door from the horse part of the trailer and a covered skylight.

    I'll give more details as you guys need. I'm just shell-shocked right now.
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

  • #2
    Yikes! How did it get so wet? If you have one I would try shopvac-ing it to see if that sucks up some of the water. You could drive it to one of those self car wash thingys if need be. I know you said it would be hard to plug in a fan but that would REALLY help!
    Originally posted by EquineImagined
    My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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    • #3
      Would it work to rent one of those DYI carpet shampooers/cleaners? Not so much for the cleaning (although that might be a benefit since you're at it anyway) but to suck the water out of the carpet. I've used them on my home carpets and furniture and they do a pretty respectable job of sucking up the (dirty) water. I was surprised how dry they left things, a little time with a fan, if you can find a way to rig it, (maybe box fan w/ an extension cord) might dry things out pretty quickly; at least before the mold nasty take hold.

      Good luck. (What on earth happened out of curiosity?)

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      • Original Poster

        #4
        Thanks for your replies.

        This went down yesterday. I was doing a favor for a friend and mare. Snow on the second day of spring in Oregon and I did 300 miles of highway driving.

        There are no obvious leaks, but two front windows on the slanty nose of this thing. They have weep holes. Apparently, the water was blown in through those.

        The shop vac looked like a good idea yesterday-- at 4 pm when I was never going to get back into our farm and took it to a neighbors for the night. Now the water has soaked in. This is thin, indoor/outdoor carpet over aluminum.

        I'll keep you guys posted. If anyone else has ideas/experience, please let me know! I'm a tad fussy about my equipment.
        The armchair saddler
        Politically Pro-Cat

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        • #5
          Can you just pull the carpet and let it air dry? Otherwise, I would go to Rent-X or somewhere similar and rent a big fan to blow it dry over the course of a day or two. I had to do that to my house when it flooded due to a burst pipe. There has to be somewhere (a friend's house?) you can park and leave it for a couple days.

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          • #6
            Moving air and sunlight on the carpet is the best treatment for soaked carpet. Use a shop vac to pull out as much moisture as you can then get a big fan blowing on it.

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            • #7
              If you can get the carpet out, it might be easier to remove it, and hang it to dry.
              You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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              • #8
                The carpet in my trailer (also indoor/outdoor type over aluminum) was old and smelly. It was easier to rip it out, use the old piece as a template, and cut a new piece of carpet. Cost less than $30. The new carpet isn't glued down, but it is fit in nice and snugly, haven't had any problems. Can easily remove if something leaks! Might be easier than shop vac.

                There is a product called Damp Rid that you can get where they sell motor home supplies. It sucks the moisture out of the air, and is designed for larger spaces.
                "Do your best, and leave the rest, twill all come right, some day or night" -Black Beauty

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                • #9
                  If this is a LQ trailer, the real problem might not just be the carpet. If the floor gets soaked it could damage the plywood underneath it and on top of the aluminum...

                  I had damaged the DR door and water was leaking in at the top (didn't realize it) and summer storms in South Fla can be torential downpours. I went into the trailer and there was a layer of water in the LQ - dried it up, but when I took it in for maintenance and to get the door fixed, the discovered the floor was mushy. Insurance paid to remove the bad floor and replace it, and a new skin on the DR door, but I still had the deductable to pay.

                  A Friend I was camping with recently, had the same result from an open window and it raining in...

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                  • #10
                    Shamwows are worth their weight in gold in a situation like this, you might call around to wallmarts, or CVSs, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc, anyone that stocks "seen on TV" stuff.

                    Our townhouse is on a slab and the neighbor's washing machine flooded, flooding half of our living room and walk in closet.

                    I have a stash of Shamwows I'd bought in a moment of weakness years ago. I brought out the whole arsenal and laid them down and kept walking on them, then wringing them out, rinse/repeat. Took a few hours, but eventually got the carpet bone dry down to the cement. I was shocked how well they worked.

                    Get MANY, at least 4 of the big ones, they soak up water so well so fast you're constantly wringing.

                    If you can find bags made of mesh fine enough, you can also fill them with cheap plain white rice, tie them shut and leave them over the carpet overnight. Spread them out in a layer. Rice will soak up ambient moisture unbelievably well.
                    Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.

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                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      Thanks for your replies! I knew you guys could help/AKA have been through similar Biblical crises.

                      Originally posted by irish_horse View Post
                      The carpet in my trailer (also indoor/outdoor type over aluminum) was old and smelly. It was easier to rip it out, use the old piece as a template, and cut a new piece of carpet. Cost less than $30. The new carpet isn't glued down, but it is fit in nice and snugly, haven't had any problems. Can easily remove if something leaks! Might be easier than shop vac.

                      There is a product called Damp Rid that you can get where they sell motor home supplies. It sucks the moisture out of the air, and is designed for larger spaces.
                      The carpet is glued down-- straight onto an aluminum floor. But I'm not averse to peeling it up and replacing if that is the will of Allah. If He could also provide an attractive color for the replacement, I'd be girly gung-ho on it.

                      Originally posted by buck22 View Post
                      Shamwows are worth their weight in gold in a situation like this, you might call around to wallmarts, or CVSs, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc, anyone that stocks "seen on TV" stuff.

                      Our townhouse is on a slab and the neighbor's washing machine flooded, flooding half of our living room and walk in closet.

                      I have a stash of Shamwows I'd bought in a moment of weakness years ago. I brought out the whole arsenal and laid them down and kept walking on them, then wringing them out, rinse/repeat. Took a few hours, but eventually got the carpet bone dry down to the cement. I was shocked how well they worked.

                      Get MANY, at least 4 of the big ones, they soak up water so well so fast you're constantly wringing.

                      If you can find bags made of mesh fine enough, you can also fill them with cheap plain white rice, tie them shut and leave them over the carpet overnight. Spread them out in a layer. Rice will soak up ambient moisture unbelievably well.
                      Great ideas there, too! I can get some of those Shamwows. It would be a nice tribute to Billy Mays cheesy infomercials. Very American.

                      What about sprinkling rice loose over the carpet and shop-vac-ing it up afterwards? That might be the easiest, down-home solution ever.

                      I will try leaving the Dry-Z-Air pod in the DR after this crisis, just for general keeping-things-dry purposes here in the wet Willamette Valley. I'll let you guys know how that works.
                      The armchair saddler
                      Politically Pro-Cat

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                      • #12
                        Shop vac, and leave the door open...

                        Not sure if a light misting with a bleach based cleaning product would help or hurt.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, lol, RIP Billy Mays, you were one of a kind. The new guy, "Vince" is his own special breed too it seems.

                          Originally posted by mvp View Post

                          What about sprinkling rice loose over the carpet and shop-vac-ing it up afterwards? That might be the easiest, down-home solution ever.
                          you could try but its not near as effective as shamwows, rice is more for soaking up ambient moisture - the last little bits that can mean the difference between smelling like grandma's basement or not - not a deluge. And you would have to be sure you got up every last little grain - which is a tall order - else mice will surely find them... and then perhaps your tack too.

                          Super dry hay, spread out, will also absorb some moisture, but then again, same as the rice, you need to get up every last seed head else you invite unwanted guests. And you need to get the damp hay out before it molds itself.

                          Rice and/or hay are the sorts of things you'd do after you've shamwowed your brains out and its miller time.
                          Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.

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                          • Original Poster

                            #14
                            On shop vac-ing and Shamwows.

                            People, how wet does it have to be for these procedures?

                            150 miles in, when I opened the door for that "Oh, sh!t" moment, The carpet was soaked. But it was matte-looking.

                            300 miles (had to be back home), it was "Dude! I'm so not loving this"-- the water was shiny of the surface, meaning total saturation.

                            All but a trunk (on a stand) is out and the carpet is back to matte, but with a bigger lake of wet.

                            Am I past the shop-vac stage?

                            I'm not past the Shamwow stage, right?
                            The armchair saddler
                            Politically Pro-Cat

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                            • #15
                              THey sell Shamwows and the imitation ones at Walmart, and I know Bed Bath & Beyond has them. And they work really well if you put them down in one layer all over, and then take turns standing on them. You can wash them in the regular washer (no fabric softener), and I think you can dry them in the dryer (they dry very quickly), but I think hanging them on a clothes line to dry would be better.
                              You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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                              • #16
                                Oil radiator heater on high after sucking water out with a shop vac and towel drying... Heat works wonders for drying
                                Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...
                                http://www.wvhorsetrainer.com

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                                • Original Poster

                                  #17
                                  Rehab has begun.

                                  buck22, I was forced against my political will to go to WallyWorld for a fake shamwow. But damn that thing worked!

                                  I did shop-vac first, on general principles, but then the shamwow thing really went to work.

                                  Now I have a box fan and space heater in there.

                                  Oh, and thought to detach the truck.... and the flammable tank of fuel in it.
                                  The armchair saddler
                                  Politically Pro-Cat

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                                  • #18
                                    we ripped the carpet-glued-to-aluminum out of our tiny LQ and replaced it with vinyl boards. Easy peasy and so much easier to keep clean(ish).

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                                    • #19
                                      This isn't hard - you need to drill some holes in the floor to allow it to drain. You'd be surprised how fast it will dry out with just a few holes drilled. It will ease your mind for the future and keep the floor from pooling water under the carpet.

                                      Make sure your carpet is inddor outdoor carpet, if it isn't, replace that right away so it is.

                                      In the future, with indoor outdoor carpet, some holes drilled under it in the floor (finger width, not big) opening the door to air and get sun will sort everything out well.

                                      Think about a boat. when the interior gets wet, things are in place to allow it to drain, and a skylight is opened and it dries out nicely. the only reason there would be a problem is if there wasn't a mechanism for water to drain away, or wick away from the carpet. If it can, it will, and if the doors/hatches/windows are opened, it will dry out regularly.
                                      Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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                                      • #20
                                        Carpet on the DR floor? Well, at least now I don't have to explain to you why this us a BAD idea.

                                        Pull up the carpet...let it dry...replace with flat rubber stall matts cut to fit.

                                        Problem ELIMINATED PERMANENTLY.

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