Just had a water damage. Now What?
If you just walked into your home and business and found standing water this blog is for you. These emergency tips will help you take the proper action until we arrive on the scene. These tips can help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.
Water Damage from Clean Water:
- 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 building, if access to power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and wet carpeting.
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical hazards.
- Don't use a household vacuum to remove water. This could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.
Water Damage from Contaminated Water (i.e. Sewage, Outside Water, etc.)
- Avoid all contact with sewage and any items contaminated by sewage.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through damaged or wet areas. This could increase the possibility of spreading contamination.
- Do not use the HVAC system or fans to dry the structure, as this could spread contaminated air.
- Do not use any products for personal hygiene or cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated area.