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Carpet cleaners keep busy

June 9, 2008
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(Rapid City Journal) – June 5, 2008 - Richard Baumgartner, owner of A-Plus Carpet Upholstery Cleaning in Rapid City, said he can't keep up with water-restoration demands because of record flooding in the Black Hills.

"I just don't have the equipment," Baumgartner said Thursday afternoon. "I took on three or four new homes from last night's rain, and I probably won't be able to take on more until maybe Saturday -- if it quits raining."

Kasey Keller, quality control manager with Stanley Steemer in Black Hawk, agreed that the past three weeks have been extra busy. He said people who call with water demands might have to wait several days for service.

"What we do includes both water restoration and mold remediation," Keller said. "We get the water out of basements with special air movers that suck water from carpets. We also tear out the carpets and pads and see if the Sheetrock has been affected. Most of it is because of the amount of rain we've had. We have a few guys working in Box Elder as I speak."

Since professional carpet-cleaning services could be scarce, Keller recommends that people take matters into their own hands.

"Try to get water out any way possible," he said.

Baumgartner urged people to rip their own carpet out.

"If you can't get it dry within a few days, roll out the carpet and throw it away, or else you're going to have mold problems," he said.

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