If you’re reading this, you probably have a pet. A pet that loves you but also hates you for that trip you took this weekend and showed you by taking it out on the carpet. You’re not alone.
Leon Corral of Ok Corral Carpets in Mesa, Arizona has seen lots of carpets succumb to mischievous pets, beverage stains and heat-induced buckling. Here’s his expert advice for when a carpet is still repair-worthy and when it’s time to rip it out.
When to Fix: A Carpet Worth Saving
If you’re calling a repair pro because some spots in your carpet are buckling, it’s likely salvageable. Damaged sections are also straightforward: a carpet repair pro can remove and replace them, but you’ll only be happy with the result if the new piece is comparably worn-looking.
“If your high traffic areas look fairly good and you don’t have bad pet odors, I’d recommend you repair,” says Leon. “90 percent of the time the repair is so small that we just charge our service fee of $100 to get it fixed.” Pricing includes 30 minutes of labor, employee time, travel time and equipment.
A carpet repair pro can re-stretch the carpet to tuck trouble spots or smooth out buckling. Stretching also helps when the carpet comes up around transition edges (like where it meets tile).
One caution is around bigger restretch jobs. Leon says his company charges by the square yard. “It’s $2 per yard to restretch a house, or we charge $3 per yard if we have to move the furniture first.”
When to Replace: All Worn Out
Anything over $500 is a significant amount of money for a repair. “If it’s going to be more than half the price to repair the carpet that it would be to replace, you’re better off just replacing—unless the carpet is basically new,” says Leon.
Replace if your carpet is really matted down in the high traffic areas. When that’s the case, even professional cleaning won’t make the carpet look better..
Pricing to replace carpet depends on your needs. Leon’s company charges per yard rather than by square foot. “Our service averages $3 per yard for a six-pound pad to $4 per yard for an eight-pound pad. Carpet prices can range anywhere from $1 per square foot to $5 or more per square foot, depending on the material, brand, and quality.”
How to Avoid Issues
Buckling can happen due to extreme heat or in the case of excess water absorption after a carpet cleaning. But pets are by the far the biggest offenders. Besides causing permanent odors, pets may delaminate your carpet, tearing it up at the seams and separating it from its backing.
“Pets are responsible for 99 percent of our repair calls,” says Leon. “They’ll find a spot they like (or dislike!) and they’ll go at it until they make a hole.”
Read more from our “Repair or Replace?” series here.