Posts Tagged ‘carpet problems and solutions’

Carpet Problems and Solutions: Carpet High Lines

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

carpet high lines | Glenn Revere

Carpeting is made using one of two methods: tufting or weaving. Almost all of the residential carpet sold today is made by tufting. Tufting machines are basically giant sewing machines. Instead of a single needle, 800-1,000 computer controlled needles stitch carpet yarns across a backing material to form the carpet. The needles are set to control the height of the carpet pile. Sometimes a single needle stitches a row of yarn that is too long. Cut pile carpets are carefully sheared after tufting in order to assure a smooth, even pile surface. Even so, a high row or high line can show up after a carpet is installed. If the high row is bent over and buried in the carpet pile, the line may take days or weeks to appear after the carpet has been repeatedly vacuumed. Tufting high lines always run lengthwise. (more…)

Carpet Discoloration: Heat Damaged Carpet Seams

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

discolored carpet seam | Glenn Revere

Making tufted carpet is complicated. Several steps in the process use heat. Some of those steps include twisting yarn, dyeing yarn, and curing the carpet backings. So heat and carpet is a good combination, right? Well, not always.

Heat can also damage carpet, as today’s Flooring Inspection Safari illustrates:

A high quality nylon carpet was installed in a second story condo. Approximately 18-24 months after the installation, the renter noticed the carpet was fading from tan to pink along the seams! The carpet had not been cleaned yet. The renter, acting on the owner’s behalf, turned in a claim. I was asked to inspect the job for the manufacturer. As always, I looked at the overall installation to make sure it mets industry quality standards. I have duplicated the main portion of my inspection report here. It explains my findings: (more…)

How to Fix Carpet Holes from Weak Tuft Bind

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

When carpet yarns are tufted into the primary backing, they must be adhered to the backing or they will easily pull out. The tufts are glued to the backing with an adhesive compound using latex rubber as a binder. The general term for this compound is “latex.” Weak tuft bind results from improper application of the latex or a mis-formulation of the latex compound. The latex is applied using a roller the width of the carpet. Once the latex is applied, the carpet goes through an oven to cure the latex. Sometimes the roller that applies the latex to the primary backing puts on too thin a coat or skips an area and doesn’t apply any at all. Eventually, the tufts in these weak areas work loose and holes appear in the face of the carpet. (more…)

Carpet Problems: Carpet Low Lines

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

When you buy a new carpet, you expect it to look perfect and beautiful in your home. However, sometimes things go wrong.

Carpeting is made on high-speed tufting machines. These machines are very complicated and sometimes lines show up in the carpet. These lines can run either lengthwise or widthwise through the carpet. Some of these lines can be removed from the carpet, but others are permanent and will not respond to service.

Last week, I inspected some carpet in a two-story town home that had lines in the upstairs hallway and in two of the three bedrooms. Although the carpet had been installed for over one year, the homeowner had not bothered to call in the complaint. The installer recently returned to repair a seam. When the installer saw the lines, he advised the homeowner to immediately call the retailer. Once the manufacturer (more…)