damp carpet in basement
Our water heater was leaking... and we did see some water on the cement floor near it,which we wiped up. The heater was replaced, and now, days later, we notice that the carpet on the other side of the wall from the heater(the bsmt is partially finished) is damp. There is now a lovely mildew smell. The dampness does not seem to be too far into the carpet, but of course, far enough (like maybe 3 feet from the wall).
I guess we have been lucky in never having to deal with this before so I ask- do I use a wet dry vac to try to draw out as much of the water as possible (and then possibly disinfect etc deodorize) or is there something more or different that we need to do?
Most appreciative for any and all advice. Hopefully we do not need to rip up the carpet.please.