Flood occurred -- carpet and pad wet - pls help
I will try to make this short. Visited my vacation condo on the beach in FL last week and discovered about 1 inch of water in the foyer and nearby carpet. Came from the AC airhandler above (the drain pipe was clogged). I don't know how long ago it started (pest control was in their on Sep 5th) and the rug by the door was mildewy. Got the AC fixed easy, mopped up the vinyl flooring but the problem was the adjacent carpet was damp (maybe a 3' x 4' section).
I used a powerful wet dry vac and got up 5 cups of water (yes, I did measure it). We stepped on towels to soak up moisture and I ran fans for the 3 1/2 days I was there.
All the carpet dried but one area. It is still damp coming out in a straight line (about 3 ft long) from the wall. The strangest thing is it isn't even adjacent to the vinyl flooring where the flood occurred.
I continued to step on the area with towels under my feet and even took a blow dryer to it. Every time I think it was drying it would be damp again.
My theory is there my be a seam in the padding there and maybe the water soaked in more there because of it??? Or a low spot in the floor? BTW, it is concrete under the padding.
Anyhow I had to leave to come back up north so I set the therostat to AC 74 degrees. The housekeeper will check in a few days.
If it is dry by then is all ok?? I did not leave the fans running because I was too afraid too with no one there. When we visit at Christmas we can pull up the carpet and replace the padding if necessary but we do have renters for the month of November so I want to make sure I am not making any big mistakes.