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How to ● Dry a Wet Fitted Basement Carpet ( With Little Effort ! )


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This is by far the easiest way to dry a wet fitted carpet in your basement. You have a choice of 3 things. Remove it and toss it, remove it and hang it out to dry or leave it where it is and create a small slit in the carpet and sit back and relax while it dries. It is by far the easiest method to completely dry it without removing it by only creating a small slit. First use your shop vac to suck up as much of the water as you can, secondly, cut a small slit in the carpet in a non traffic or hidden area big enough to insert the end of a shop vac. Thirdly, attach the shop vac hose to the blowing side of the shop vac and take the other end and insert it into the slit in the carpet. Now the easy part starts. Just turn on the vacuum and watch the whole carpet levitate from the warm shop vac air being blown between the carpet and the floor. The warm air will travel threw all the fibres of the carpet evenly and dry it. Now let it run for days until it is dry. Shop vacs can run for very long periods of time without a problem. It’s best to not leave it running while you are not at home just to be sure. Once it’s dry you can try cutting a slit in the under-padding and blow the air between the padding and floor to help it dry further. Sometimes the under-padding isn’t porous enough to let air escape so experiment to see if it will work. Good luck. You don’t need it though. This is too easy!

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156 thoughts on “How to ● Dry a Wet Fitted Basement Carpet ( With Little Effort ! )

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  2. It’s been a couple of years since I first found this when trying to clean up a flood in our basement. It worked great then, and still works great now in the rest of the basement floods we’ve had. One helpful think I’ve found to do is to use the sucking part of the vacuum under the carpet to suck up as much water as you can before blowing. You can usually get a lot of it up without any effort.

  3. umm the vacuum you have does matter guy u just said get a wet dry vacuum standard house vacuum will not work

  4. Wooo now I can dry my carpet thanks

  5. I can’t do that with me hover we got a KARCHER,WD 2

  6. I have been drying like this for 1 and 1/2 days and padding is still wet. Should I cut and go under the padding? Right now it’s between padding and the carpet. I keep moving around the angles to get other areas. It doesn’t feel “wet” but the padding is still spongy.

    1. Thanks Chris we ended up ripping up the carpet and now drying the pad the same way. It was bigger and wetter than we first thought!

    2. Yes. Do what you need to to get it all dry. Use the wet vac again to suck up more if you can.

  7. Should I put the vacuum hose under the underpad too or between the carpet and under pad?

    1. That’s my question. Right now carpet is dry. Pad is still wet. Very wet.

    2. Give it a try yes. What ever works to get it dry.

  8. Thanks!

  9. Fantastic idea and video. Also, thank you so much for the written instructions! Doing this now 🤞🏼

    1. Glad it was helpful!

  10. old video but still helpful. if the section of carpet you need to dry is only around 5x5ish you can just the blower option with but attachment and do it little by little. Itll be tedious but finish much faster.

  11. Had same idea earlier fixing my flooded carpet. Only i kept the small attachment on. Forced the water out aggressively, worked faster but had to do each section little by little. Anyway how much surface area will it be effective on roughly. about 5×5 from the hole?

  12. Thank you!!

    I would also add that I rented an extractor from home depot to get as much water as possible and then used this technique to dry it. I did make multiple holes in the room because of the amount of wetness. I literally had water under the carpet.

  13. Hey Chris, wonderful video, my sump pump stop working and i didn’t know about this, just found water all over under my carpet, i will try your method before trying something else, thank you!

    1. Thanks for that! If you had your sump pump fail, I also made a video on that too!……

  14. The small X, genius

  15. you just saved my ass thankyou

  16. Could I use a leaf blower too?

    1. @Chris Notap – wow thank u. I’ve googled n the answer was a sarcastic no lol – cuz the air blows in one direction only or something.

    2. Yes. Should work just as well.

  17. My carpet is wet I hope this works. It’s not a big space but I don’t want mold. I have a Kirby vacuum I hope this works. Dehumidifier and fans going.

  18. Phenomenal idea. I have a huge basement and I had to use 4 shop vacs 6.5. Nevertheless, it saved me a ton of money. You are one smart man and a good one at it for sharing the idea.

  19. AFTER YOUR BASEMENT IS DRY, SAVE MONEY – BUY A BREEZE!

    We had our basement water-proofed, but needed to address the humidity problem and quality of air issue. Tired of using the old technology of running a dehumidifier (which costs a lot to operate and never gets rid of the toxic basement air) we decided to buy a product called the Breeze for our basement. It has a gentle exhaust fan (115 cfm) that is rated for continuous operation, controlled by a humidistat. Instead of replacing the exhausted air with outdoor air, it draws on the “conditioned” air from the home’s first floor, avoiding the humidity problems and allergens that outdoor air present, especially on a rainy or humid day. The air quality in the basement has improved dramatically and we’ve been able to unplug the energy drawing dehumidifier. No filters or drains are needed. The company sells one and two-fan models that cost from $349 to $449 and carry a 5-year warranty. I strongly recommend the appliance. It’s available on the company website (breezesystemsinternational.com) or on Amazon and Ebay. Much cheaper than the $1,500 to $1,800 units sold by Wave Ventilation, Humidex or EZ Breathe. Now our dry basement also has healthy air!

    1. I did something that is even better. I cut a nice rectangular opening on the side of the air intake on my furnace. I then turned my furnace fan on low speed. It draws the humid air from the basement and circulates it through the house and in turn draws the dry air from the upper floors which in turn keeps the basement nice and dry. It works especially good in the summer when the ac is on. The cold air naturally finds the lowest spot in the house, which is the basement and recirculates it and doesn’t work as hard to cool the already cold air. Have been doing this now for 20 years without any issues at all.

  20. I have a shop vac but it only as one place to attach the hose. Any alternatives you suggest?

    1. Are you sure? Turn your vacuum on and find where the exhaust is coming out of your vacuum and make there isn’t a cover over the exhaust. They usually just pull off to expose a hole to put the hose in. If you still can’t find one your next best bet is to buy a cheap shop vac from Home Depot or Lowes.

  21. The idea I great ! Only thing is if the water level was high enough I would pop off the baseboards as mold will grow pretty fast behind them ! And this method will dry the drywall no problem! ( I work in building restoration and deal with water damage every day) good video !

  22. Basement recently flooded, sucked up probably 30 gallows of water maybe more with shop vac and rug doctor, trying this now with my fingers crossed, the carpet itself is mostly dry but the padding underneath is not

    1. Chris Notap it was sadly very saturated, bad enough that it was actually blowing more water up through the carpet after the top had dried, it did seem to be working well though but I definitely appreciate this video

    2. It takes patience. Leave it going for as long as it takes. It can take quite a few days even more than a week depending on the saturation. Good luck.

  23. Thanks for this! I think I cut a little too much as it ended up being a line that was big enough to put the hose in, so I ended up not doing the X, but the carpet still lifts up when I put the hose in there and its doing its thing! Thankfully this was a small part (a few feet by a few feet, and it was just damp after a really heavy rain yesterday) so we’ll see how this does!

  24. Ingenious, worked great for me but burned out the motor in my small shop vac. Tip to share is the Bucket Max from ShopVac, $25 is cheaper than another whole shop vac.

  25. Great video Chris sorted my carpet ou t!

  26. AFTER YOUR BASEMENT IS DRY, SAVE MONEY
    – BUY A BREEZE!

    We had our basement water-proofed, but needed to address the humidity problem and quality
    of air issue. Tired of using the old technology of running a dehumidifier
    (which costs a lot to operate and never gets rid of the toxic basement air) we
    decided to buy a product called the Breeze for
    our basement. It has a gentle exhaust fan (115 cfm) that is rated for
    continuous operation, controlled by a humidistat. Instead of replacing the
    exhausted air with outdoor air, it draws on the “conditioned” air
    from the home’s first floor, avoiding the humidity problems and allergens that
    outdoor air present, especially on a rainy or humid day. The air quality in the
    basement has improved dramatically and we’ve been able to unplug the energy
    drawing dehumidifier. No filters or drains are needed. The company sells one
    and two-fan models that cost from $349 to $449 and carry a 5-year warranty. I
    strongly recommend the appliance. It’s available on the company website (breezesystemsinternational.com)
    or on Amazon and Ebay. Much cheaper than the $1,500 to $1,800 units sold by
    Wave Ventilation, Humidex or EZ Breathe. Now our dry basement also has healthy
    air!

  27. Thank you for your advice. We have just gone through the worst rain in over 20 years in Sydney Australia and your tips saved us a lot of trouble. It worked a treat! Thank you so much!

  28. Thanks so much. It really worked! My room was all wet and now half of the room is dry. Do I need to cut another small piece to dry the other half of the room? Or do I simply wait for another day?

    1. If you can see the carpet floating a bit, your fine, just wait. Or to be sure just cut another hole.

  29. My carpet is glued down onto a solid basing, so I cant get the air underneath it. Any recommendations?

    1. @Chris Notap thank you for your reply.

    2. Your only options is to leave a bunch of fans going for a few weeks depending on how much was soaked. Suck up as much as possible with a shop vac and then fans.

  30. Really brilliant idea. So practicable and easy to do. Spent hours on google before come across this tip on Youtube. Thanks!

  31. This method worked for me. Instead of cutting I went in by removing a transition strip.

  32. Thank you. That’s a good idea!

  33. We flooded yesterday and were debating our next step. Brilliant idea. Thanks so much for posting. We are going to give it a shot. I will report back. Much gratitude.

    1. How did it go?

  34. we not in africa but it got flooded out in the apartments

  35. This is very helpful. Thanks.

  36. Thanks for sharing. 😉

  37. This is awesome, I used a leaf blower with easy access at a doorway.

  38. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS! 3 Days of fans and a dehumidifier did nothing. 10 hours of the shop vac method and the carpet was dry.

  39. I lifted up the edge of my carpet to put a fan under it and now I have rolls in my carpet.. I wish I would have known this

    1. hhahahaha deal with it cry baby

  40. You just saved me over $500 in fan rental fees!!! Thank you SO much for posting this!!!

  41. Thank you Chris and my back thanks you!

  42. Not sure why you need to cut a hole in the carpet. You could just pull up the edge from the tackless strip and run the hose under it. When the carpet is dry just push the carpet back down onto the strip. If it needs a little tightening you can do that too pretty easily.

  43. Thank you for this video, it worked perfectly. My washer malfunctioned and soaked my basement carpet.

  44. Thank you thank you 🙏

  45. Step 0, of course, is never put wall to wall carpeting in a basement because even at best it will be slightly damp all the time from just the ambient humidity. Failing that, follow this video.

  46. Thank You This Was Helpfully

  47. I just fired up my vac, let’s hope for the best

  48. All I Got Is A Cleaning Vaccum I Can’t Stop The Wetness

    1. @Chris Notap its Not A Wet Dry Vaccum

    2. ?? What do you mean?

  49. Left the vacuum on the blow for two days!!??

  50. Can you use a larger vacuum?

  51. Hey Chris! You are amazing! Thank you so much for the idea!

  52. Ingenious

  53. Wow what a genius 🙏

  54. Wow, very good idea. Been cleaning carpets 20 years don’t forget the amildicide to control mold and mildew. Prevention!!!!! 30 dollars a gallon home Depot.

  55. Im trying it, hope it doesnt burn down

    1. @Mr. White It worked, but to do it again I would have just rented a carpet cleaner or hired a carpet cleaner to remove the water.

    2. mrjinglesturd did it work

  56. Thanks for the tip. Trying this today!

  57. Thank you. Awesome.

  58. So, my bedroom has been flooding recently, and I bought a dehumidifier. I works just fine but takes a few days, especially when it’s constantly raining and adding water. I used my carpet cleaning machine to suck up the water. But I never heard of using the shop vacation to Baloo blow a carpet. I might try that along with the dehumidifier to take out the last if the moisture that lingers and is hard for the dehumidifier to pull out when the air humidity is still high. Thanks for the insight!

  59. Thank you sir for a superb money saving tip. I had an overflowing toilet bowl that flooded my private bathroom and adjoining bedroom with 2″ of water before I found it. The carpet was saturated with water about 3-4 feet into my bedroom carpet from the bathroom entrance. I went into panic mode knowing this was going to be a costly project. Initially, I used a Rainbow vacuum cleaner to suck up as much water as i could and started thinking how I was going to get the water from the pad underneath the carpet. It would never dry unless you pulled it up and dried with fans or replace it. Should I call a commercial company and have them fix the problem or have the carpet replaced I asked my self and then I saw your video. I purchased a wet/dry vac from Lowes and followed your instructions and 8-10 hours later, I had a dry carpet and pad. The area to be dried wasn’t that large so it didn’t take take too long. I can’t imagine how much money people have saved that used your procedure. Thank you so much.

    PS I have never seen a toilet bowl overflow that didn’t have a stoppage in the drain pipes. The flapper valve in the tank didn’t close properly so continuous water was flowing into the bowl until it overflowed. I flushed the toilet immediately when I found the problem so there was no stoppage. I also simulated the problem several times and I cant get it to overflow again so I am in a quandary on why it happened. Maybe you or some of the readers can offer some advice on this issue. Thanks again.

    1. I had the exact same problem and no idea what happened. Flapper open for about three hours with continuous running. Bowl was empty but floor had about an inch of water.

  60. This is fantastic! I already had started vacuuming the water. The blower is not something I’d thought of though. It’s so easy!

  61. You can use any vacuum cleaner my ass. Thats a shop vac. Average vacuum shouldnt suck up water they have filters that will be ruined.

  62. Or just get some cloths and keep pressing on them to dry it, cheaper and doesn’t ruin your carpet!

  63. I saw this video a day ago. I purchased wet/dry head vac that fits over a 5 Gal. bucket for only $21. I works wonderfully as described. . Thank you. Chris.

  64. Genius, Why haven’t I thought of that? Additionally, you can hit the coils on the customer’s refrigerator as well. Why cut the carpeting and not pull it up from the wall?

  65. Awesome video brother ,very helpful thank you so much

  66. I am trying the vacuum between the carpet and pad but it is only raising the carpet about a foot around the hose end. Does it take time to raise the whole carpet up? About how much time.

    1. It did work. My carpet and pad was very new and thick so it took a little longer and didn’t raise the carpet up but I could feel the heat when walking on the carpet. Thanks for your help.

    2. That’s fine. The air is getting in there. You’re good.

  67. Kleenrite water extractor

  68. Peace and blessings.

    I just had a carpet technician come to dry my wet carpet…to my surprise he hooked up 3 industrial fans over the wet carpet and told me to run fans for 4 days…he did warn me about the fan blowing noise that I would have to put up with… after he left it hit me …THE ELECTRIC BILL! ..Lol! .I wish I had seen this video first.
    8/10/18. 5:27PM🇺🇸

    1. saurav khadgi…Hola! saurav…. Peace and Blessings….what is “Oye” and what language….in Spanish that word means “listen or hear”. Have a blessed day.
      10/30/18. 8:34AM🇺🇸

    2. Oye

  69. Due to some luck, I’m trying this out right now. I’ll check on this in about 10 hours

    1. This is working pretty good.
      I had a long hallway to dry and one vac wasn’t doing the trick, so I’ve got two going with one of those big blue fans you can rent from home depot.

  70. Absolute genius

  71. Thanks so much for this! Our air conditioning unit seems to be leaking a lot onto the carpet and we’ve been unable to keep it dry. I’ll have to try this method tonight!

  72. Thank you. Great advice. I am going to do it!

  73. Excellent!! Thank you very much

  74. Thank you for your video! We had some ground water come into to our basement and soak our carpet and pad. I am using two 6.5 shop vacs, one mine and the other borrowed from a neighbor. I am currently drying about 740 sq feet. Instead of cutting a hole I just lifted the carpet in the corners of the room or where it ends at a doorway. It is amazing how far the air blows underneath. The carpet and pad are drying fantastically. I plan to buy a carpet stretcher from harbor freight for about $22 to put the corners back in place after the drying process. So far it’s been about 20 hours of drying and I have seen a HUGE difference. I’m expecting about 3 days to complete the entire area. Once again, many thanks for you video!!

  75. Thank you so much for this video. My fridge had a leak in the back that seeped through to my living room floor before I caught it. My neighbor loaned me his shop vac and it’s working like a charm. I was so worried. You saved us much effort and money! I also sprayed with a de-fungal that I got from the garden department. It’s all natural ingredients and won’t harm your floors. Patti in San Diego

  76. I used the same technique to dry behind the drywall after a minor basement flood.

  77. Thank you so much for this great tip. I would add, that we also rented a carpet cleaner to pull the water out of the carpet first.

  78. A big part of our basement carpeting was wet after a water back up. Using towels, towels, and more towels we got the top fairly dry but not enough. Then, using two shop vacs, one mine and one an uncle’s we followed the directions in this video, lifting the carpeting at the edges and pushing the tube underneath both the carpet and pad. (Didn’t have to cut the carpet that way) I used longish screws, drilled them into the carpeting and pad to lift them up further than the vac alone would do. It took a lot of work, but after two weeks of leaving the vacs running all day, not at night, we saved the carpeting and pad. I also used a dehumidifier a lot. Great idea! Thank you!

    1. That’s great. The humidifiers are a great addition along with patience. With time they dry right up. Glad it worked for you.

  79. So any vaccum will work right?

    1. As long as it has an exhaust, yes.

  80. ingenious! Thank you ..saves a lot of work

  81. I feel like an idiot.. great video.

  82. Thanks for this helpful idea! GFC stained the concrete floor in my sun room and left me with a sopping wet under-felt over a large area of my adjacent living room. After several days of struggling with fans and a dehumidifier, I now tucked my shop vac in there instead. I keep moving it on the hour, to spread the air some over the large area, since the carpet has an open end to the sun room. Taped it shut with painters tape to minimize the escaping air. THANKS A LOT!

  83. thank you so much!!! we were about to remove all the carpet and it would have cost us a fortune

  84. It’s only for shop vacs

    1. My vac doesn’t have that option.

    2. Chris Notap amazing tip thank you

    3. Chris Notap yes mostly only shop vacs

    4. Any vacuum that you can hook the hose to the exhaust. A lot can do that.

  85. Thank you very much…. useful videos make me happy

  86. Will this burn out the motor of your shop vac??

    1. Vacuum cleaners are meant to last for years and years of use. I have used this method now 3 times and left the vacuum cleaner on for 24 hours each time. The shop vac I used is a cheapy. I still use this shop vacuum in my workshop and still runs perfectly.

  87. instant subscribe sir

    1. Thanks.

  88. Thanks so very much!! I was having a lot of trouble trying to dry the carpet from just the top. Instant subscriber.

  89. Thanks sir its doing wonders for my carpeted basement

  90. you are a simple smart thinker thank u sir

    1. Thanks for that!

  91. Thanks

  92. fantastic idea!!! Thank you! And why would someone dislike this???

  93. @chrisnotap this is genius you saved my carpet after a terrible flood with little effort!!thank you for your time!!!!

    1. About how long until I start seeing solid results? I’ve been going about 8 hours and I’m not too sure if it’s working like I assumed

    2. It really does work and with little effort. Glad I could help.

  94. thank you, you are a life saver and money saver!!

  95. Thank you, your tip works great. Spent $40 for a shop vac at Lowes.

  96. hey thanks!!!

    1. +David McCary it really is simple and not much work. Glad it helped.

  97. Very smart idea It worked for me , Thank you so much for uploading this video

    1. +Jith P.S Great to hear!!

  98. Hello Chris! my autistic son keep throwing in mattress and carpet and it’s hard to control him sometimes. will this technique help for mattress too? can I buy any dry wet vaccum or only husky?

    1. +Pooja Arora I would say it would work, yes! It’s worth a try. Any vacuum will do.

  99. I can’t thank you enough, you’re the best. 😂😅 Tears of joy of course

    1. +Chris Notap It’s working out great so far, my carpet has a stench though. When it’s completely dry, I will put the baking soda down and vacuum.

    2. thats what it’s all about, now just sit back and relax. Hope it works out and saves the carpet.

    3. +Chris Notap Absolutely! I’ve been drying my carpet since I posted this comment. I can finally sit on my keister and let something else do all the work.

    4. +Paris Finley Thanks for that!

  100. smart

    1. +Abram Porras Thanks.

  101. brilliant, thank you!

  102. What about the pad? Did you put it under the pad too? Any drywall? We have a wet carpet, but not soaked. We’re trying this method with a 6.5 peak HP vac

    1. +Chris Notap Can I ask how extensive your water dampness was? Was it really wet, or just slightly damp? Was it rain water? Just need a perspective as every article I find is written by a company that actually makes money off of those incidents.

    2. +Nathan Allen Pinard Did you immediately act on this, was it storm water, and what about mold?

    3. +Nathan Allen Pinard Also when we used the vac on the top of the carpet, it just kept bringing water to the surface and making the carpet wetter. So we’re trying this method after running at least one over on the carpet.

  103. Thank you so much Chris. You saved me. Within 2 days all water gone. Thank you once again.

  104. So much innuendo

  105. Thank you so much Chris.  You are a lifesaver.  The shop vac is running and half of the room is dry.   Thank you again.  🙂

  106. Very clever. Thanks!

  107. Thank You!!!

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