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Water Damage tips and tricks

6/20/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage is no fun! After any home emergency, the safety of your family is most important. In the case of water damage, the actions below are some things you can do while waiting for assistance. However, it’s best to do only those things you know you can do safely. Once we arrive, we’ll help you assess the situation further and take action to prevent additional damage to your property.

Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. 

Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. DO NOT put cushions covers in the washing machine.

Place aluminum foil or wood blacks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Move any paintings, art, objects, commuters, documents or other sensitive valuables to a dry place. 

Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.

Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards!

Don't remover your household vacuum cleaner to remover water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

SERVPRO's professionals specialize in residential water damage restoration, with training focused on restoring salvageable items, accelerating drying time while documenting the entire restoration process.

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