While home upkeep can seem like a never ending task, if neglected, it can lead to problems. Some problems may be minor and things you can live with. Others however, can be of a more serious nature where you or someone in your home risks injury if the problem is not fixed. One of these problems is when carpet stretches and causes wrinkles or raised areas. The threat of injury to anyone in the home may also extend to anyone visiting your home. The last thing you need is a claim for injury. Having your California Insurance include public liability coverage may help in this circumstance but it is better to attend to the problem quickly.


Carpet can stretch or move for various reasons. Having a high traffic flow does not usually cause this stretching; rather, it may be due to incorrect laying or incorrect sub carpet padding. Carpet needs to be stretched on installation and secured well to the floor using nails or tack strips. A breakdown in this attachment may lead to stretching later. Weather conditions can also cause the carpet to stretch. Humidity or wet patches left unattended may increase the chances of carpet wrinkling.

When you notice the wrinkling appearing make contact with a carpet firm or carpet layer and enquire as to the best way to remedy the situation before it gets out of hand. Raised carpet is a danger to people walking about the home as well as becoming an unsightly problem. Remember tradesmen or visitors to your home who may be injured after a fall caused by the carpet, could potentially initiate a claim against you for damages. Included in your California Insurance policy for home and possessions should be general liability coverage for such an event.

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