Carpet Stretching and Removing Carpet Ripples and Bumps
If you’re like most homeowners in Ocean and Monmouth counties you more than likely have or had carpet in your home. Like most homeowners in our area, you probably have dealt with loose carpet that ripples up and causes bumps to occur in your walkways. You may be wondering why it occurs or even how can I get rid of it. You probably also like most homeowners in our area have said ill just rip it out and replace it with hard wood floors, so I never have to deal with it again. We understand your frustrations and were here to answer your questions and provide you with a solution for this problem.
Lets start with how carpet is supposed to be installed in a residential home. In most cases carpet is laid down on top of carpet cushion or pad which is laid down on top of the subfloor. Around the perimeter of the room lays carpet tack strip. This tack strip is designed to hold the carpet in place so that it never moves when it is installed properly. Key word being PROPERLY. The tack strip which is fitted with tiny nails that stick up point on an angle toward the walls and hold the carpet so that it does not move. Seems simple right, except what you probably didn’t know is that the tack strip is supposed a certain distance from the wall. Not a pinky’s width, or an 1/8th of an inch by default. NO! The tack strip according to the IICRC S600 standard for Installation of carpet states that the tack strip should be installed slightly less than the thickness of the carpet away from the wall. It also states that carpet cushion which also come in different thicknesses and densities are designed specifically for different types of carpets. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute standard carpet pad should be no more than 7/16 of an inch thick and no less than ¼ of an inch. Selecting the correct carpet pad will help keep your pathways from wearing out or the carpet itself deteriorating or even buckling. Carpet is then laid out in the room seemed where necessary and stretched into position and installed on the tack strip. Carpet should always be stretched when installed. Not kicked to install. Yes, a kicker is a carpet installation tool, however it is meant to assist the carpet stretcher.
Now that you know how carpet is supposed to be installed in your home the question remains, why do you have loose rippled carpets or buckling in my pathways. The answer is simple. IT WAS NOT INSTALLED PROPERLY!! We know you probably even paid extra for better quality carpet and pad. We get it, we understand how frustrating it is. Clients call with these frustrations all the time. That is why we provide the solution of carpet repair and reinstallation.
The person who put the carpet in your home more than likely did not use a power stretcher to install it. Call it neglect or laziness or they just didn’t feel like it. Paying extra for good quality products means nothing if the installer will not take the time to do the right job. We have time and time again seen our residential customers in Ocean and Monmouth counties rip their hair out in frustration over loose carpets. This is why we are not only certified by the IICRC for carpet repair but we warranty for the remainder of the life of your carpet that it will never need to be stretched again or we will do it for free. We use on every carpet stretching job a power stretcher and kicker. We also double check that your tack strip is installed properly and that it will hold your carpet. In the 40+ years we have been in business we have never gone back to stretch the same carpet twice. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for gettiing rid of ripples in your carpet or stretching them in your Ocean and Mounmouth county home click or call us today at 732-929-9669.