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What is Carpet Delamination?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Why Is My Carpet Bubbling?

Your Charlotte, NC home or property can experience damage from many sources, such as heavy rain, flooding, or malfunctioning appliances. A dreaded consequence from such wear and tear could result in ruined hardwood floors, paint, furniture, and worst of all, the carpet. 

More often than not, we receive calls from the community asking for guidance on what can be done when disaster strikes without having to hire a professional restoration and mitigation service. The truth is, there is a lot one can do, but we highly encourage you to reap the benefits of using a highly trained and experienced service such as SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County. When you choose to bring in the professionals, the chances your belongings can go back to preloss conditions are much higher.

One of the most important advantages of professional treatment is the drying of materials, including your carpets. Fast and appropriate action in cleaning carpet can be the determinant of an expensive endeavor or a manageable one. Acting quickly will eliminate having to deal with some of the side effects that would otherwise arise if you decided to wait it out. One issue that could happen if not handled properly is Carpet Delamination.

Carpet Delamination

Carpet Delamination is when the primary and the secondary backings of the carpet separate from each other, leaving a carpet that looks lumpy.

How Does It Affect Carpet?

Once a carpet is delaminated, it can no longer securely attach to the floor foundation. It is essentially two separate elements at this point: the top layer, which is the part of the carpet that we can see, and the bottom later, which is what lays over the pad or another flooring. The two layers can shift and move apart because they are no longer secured to each other, which can cause wrinkles and make the carpet pull away from the walls it meets. Also, it can pose non-aesthetic issues like safety hazards to you and younger kids who can trip on upturned edges.

What Causes It?

Common causes of carpet delamination are improper installation, heavy traffic, and moisture. Here is an in-depth look into the moisture-related sources that can cause damage to carpet.


Oversaturation of water on the carpet from heavy rains, plumbing, or a malfunctioning appliance can have detrimental immediate damage as well as tough long-term effects. While standing water raises many concerns, pollutants in the water can affect the adhesive that bonds the primary and secondary backings. Cleaning solutions like dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products can dissolve the adhesive as well. Also, microbial growth from the absorbed water can thrive off the adhesive causing it to break down even more over time. The best way to prevent carpet delamination after flooding is to dry carpets with professional equipment. SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg will determine if your carpet can be saved, what equipment will dry the area most efficiently, and how long to dry the carpet for. 


If you have pets, accidents on the carpet come as no surprise. Urine starts out as acidic and eats away at the carpet fiber and latex. Over time, it turns into an alkaline substance and then causes even more damage to the threads and glue. Preventing carpet lamination from urine doesn’t have to be difficult. Use a specialized enzymatic carpet treatment designed for pet urine, this will help break down the acidic urine and help prevent future accidents in the same area.

Cleaning Supplies and Treatments

Chemicals from cleaning solutions used to clean up all sorts of messes and spills should be used according to their instructions. If a spot remover is left on the carpet for too long, it can begin to dissolve the adhesive. Also, powdered odor remover can cause issues if foot traffic pushes the powder down to the base of the carpet. This will make it harder to remove and it can potentially become food for microbial growth even in small amounts of water. If you clean your carpets on your own, you must make sure it is completely dry.

Proper care for your carpet does not have to be hard, especially with the experienced team at SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg only a phone call away at any hour. If your carpet has gotten wet during a water disaster call us at (704) 840-6112, day or night. 

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