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Question DetailsAsked on 7/29/2014

3 year old carpet, low traffic area has large humps, all rooms with this carpet. What could cause

We have 2 colors of carpet, installed at the same time in multiple rooms, and there are multiple humps in all rooms, all in the same direction in each room. Not high traffic areas, no heavy furniture being moved, no carpet cleaning done. We want to know why, and what can be done to fix? Is the carpet bad, or is the install bad? It does not seem to be where it is seamed, and it is not pulling away from the walls.

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There are many causes of loose carpets. One, the carpets were not installed with a carpet stretcher. Did you have them steam cleaned? Sometimes excessive water will loosen the latex on the back of the carpets. And as a installer for many years, I have seen carpets that have inferior backings that were so stiff that they were very difficult to stretch in. Or it could be the conbination of issues. There are installers that do restretching and repairs, just make sure they use a power stretcher! Pat All Carpet Repair

Answered 5 years ago by patsnyder


It is not at all uncommon for carpets to need restretching after 2-5 years, as traffic loosens up the backing (especially latex glued type, as other comment noted) and the carpet fabric flexes and becomes more pliable. Restretching commonly about $50-100/room with about $100-150 minimum charge per trip - they free the carpet up around 3 edges, then restretch from the remaining edge to the far side and retrim and fasten down that edge, then typically work from center out to the other two sides to stretch and trim/fasten it in the other direction.

Because you say all in the same direction in each room, it is also possible they stretch the carpet in only one direction and forgot (or cheated) and did not then stretch from center out in the other direction.

If you are tight on funds, you can commonly take the most pronounced problem areas - bulges and wrinkles - out just by freeing up 3 edges and then using a "squeegee" motion across the carpet with a length of edge-rounded 2x4 or your feet in tennis shoes while a second person tugs on the carpet to pull it to the edge to be fastened. Be prepared with shears or utility or carpet knife to trim the carpet edge as it willtypically now be too wide, then fasten the edge down on the nail strip as you go, working down center first, then radially from the center of the starting edge to the other edges, stretching as you go. Typically about 1/2 hour job for a bedroom once you have done one, about 1 hour for larger rooms.

You can also buy a hydraulic stretch tool for about $50-60 at Amazon or Harbor Freight or many home improvment box stores, that help stretch it tighter than scuffing. You need a second person to help because only $1000 professional models reach across the room - so you need someone to stand on the carpet and keep it from relaxing as you move the tool forward taking out the slack in about 5-6 foot jumps.

My recommendation - if you are at all a DIY person, get the stretcher tool and do it yourself - then next time you need carpet you can hust do the total install yourself too with standard types of carpet. About the only kind that is not an easy DIY job are ribbed or round-patterned berbers - they basically take a pro to get the lines straight or to install so the round pattern stays round - no undoable yourself, just be prepared to have to go back over it a few times to get it right everywhere.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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