Any number of natural or man-made disasters — flooding, plumbing problems, leaky roofs — can create an immediate need for a carpet dryer. If carpeting is not dried out quickly, it can suffer from damage including discoloration and mold.

Manufacturers create and sell carpet dryers for such emergencies, and it’s a good idea for any entity in charge of carpet care to have one on hand. The dryers typically produce warm, dry airflow of 2,000 cubic feet per minute; the higher the airflow, the more quickly a fan can dry out a room.

Air dryers should be used in concert with dehumidifiers, which remove moisture from the air, also speeding up the carpet drying process.