Common Causes of Carpet Installation Defects
Improper Installation: The most common cause of buckles in carpeting that has been installed using a power-stretcher is that the carpet was never stretched in properly to begin with. In small areas the use of a knee kicker alone may be sufficient. However in medium and larger sized rooms, the use of a power-stretcher becomes absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, carpet installers tend to cut corners by only using a knee kicker to install carpet instead of a power-stretcher. The reason for this is that carpet installers get paid by how many yards of carpet they can install per day. Using just a knee kicker is much faster than using a power-stretcher and will usually get enough tension to get the carpeting to lay flat. End results may appear to have your carpet looking great, but your carpeting may start rippling within anywhere from a few weeks to two after installation.
Within the first year after installation, if you start to see signs that your carpet is rippling, call the company you purchased it from immediately. In many cases you can get them to send the professional installer back to stretch the carpet free of charge. After the first year, you will likely be out of luck and are better off hiring a company that specializes in correcting theses types of problems that installers typically make.
Additional Causes of Carpet Rippling
High humidity: Carpet is constructed with plastic and/or latex. The humidity isn’t really the cause of the problem here. What’s actually happening is that latex materials used in the backing of the carpet absorb moisture. This causes the latex to expand and can cause carpet buckling if there is not sufficient tension on the carpet. You may have noticed that if you have visible ripples in your carpet they can look worse on humid days or you may get humps in your carpet that disappear when the humidity returns to normal. Moisture can cause the carpet's backing to shrink and expand. Many times steam carpet cleaning, which uses excessive amounts of hot water, can cause your carpeting to buckle severely when you previously didn’t see any sign of a problem. In this case improper cleaning leading to excessively long drying time can result in carpet defects. Once again the cause is also insufficient tension on the latex carpet backing brought to light by the high levels of moisture present from the cleaning. Usually, once the carpet dries fully, the buckles will settle down again.
Age: Carpet can eventually loosen due to normal factors such as the compression of padding in high traffic area’s which allows more flexing of the carpet backing causing it to relax as well as the normal decomposing (delamination) of the latex in the backing materials with age.
Carpet stretching can be completed anywhere from a few hours to a full working day depending on the square footage and amount of furniture needed to be moved. On average we can stretch up to 500 square feet of carpet in under 3 hours at a competitive rate. We offer free onsite estimates Monday through Saturday from 9am-6pm.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THE CARPET STRETCHING PROCESS
- Pre-inspection of damaged areas
- Measure areas of concern
- Will move all furniture necessary in order to complete service
- Repair carpet with professional power stretcher
- Kick, trim, and re-install carpet
- Move furniture back
CUT & PLUG
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THE CUT & PLUG REPAIR SERVICE
- Pre-inspection of damaged carpet
- Cut a piece of new carpet from an inconspicuous area, or use extra carpet if provided
- Match size and grain of damaged area
- Seam or glue new piece of carpet depending on size
- Blend carpet fibers for a seamless lookContact us today for a free on site estimate.