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Where to Start if you have Water Damage

DO THIS

  • Ensure that the water source has been eliminated
  • If SAFE to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas; .........unplug and remove any small electrical devices currently located in wet rooms
  • Remove small furnishings from carpet, to prevent rust or stains and speed restration
  • Place aluminum foil under legs of wood furniture, especially antiques, to prevent stains
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors which prevents water marks
  • Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain floor coverings (check especially under beds and in closets for these items)
  • Remove and secure breakables, moisture-sensitive, or high-value items
  • Plan for restoration crews to move some furniture into dry areas with vinyl,........ceramic, or wood flooring, or garage or storage areas
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling wet items

NOT THIS!

  • Use any type of home vacuum, even shop vacs, since electrical shock may occur, as well as potential damage to the equipment
  • Place newpaper in the trqaffic areas, since the ink transfers easily
  • Walk on wet carpet any more than necessary to minimize damage
  • Turn on the heating and air conditioning system if it was flooded, it might serve to spread contamination
  • Increase or decrease temperature unless told to by our technician

In Sewage losses, specifically: DO NOT

  • Handle directly contaminated items
  • Consume foods or use personal hygiene items that were left out in contaminated areas
  • Turn on fans to circulate air or use any vacuum equipment
  • Stay in the property if you:
  • Have respiratory problems including allergies and asthma
  • Are under age 2 or over age 60, or pregnant
  • Have a weak immune system (ill, mediation, recent surgery)