I live in North NJ and my washing machine overflowed the entire cycle! The drain pipe from the washing machine runs into a sink and something was blocking the sink so it overflowed while I was out of the house.

I left my basement windows open for the last 4 days but the carpeted areas of my basement are still wet. What should I do?

1. Should I keep the windows open or close them?
2. Should I turn on the baseboard heaters and use other heaters to dry the area?
3. Tear out the carpet?

I'm afraid of causing a humid environment for mold to spread.

Really appreciate any advice!