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Top 5 Do's and Don'ts For Water Damage (Clean Water)

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

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If your home has suffered from water damage (from a 'clean source') your safety and the safety of everyone in your household should be the primary focus: Is it safe to stay in the house; be aware of electrical and trip hazards, as they are some of the most common concerns; be aware of your limitations, if you are not sure of your ability, do not attempt; and remember, wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful!

Once you are back in the building and feel it is safe to do so, keep these tips in mind.

To do:

  1. Make sure the source is shut off. If you need to, contact a licensed plumber to assist you.
  2. Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  4. Place aluminum foil or foam/wood blocks between furniture legs and wet flooring.
  5. Pick up and secure any loose items from wet floors.

What NOT to do after water damage:

  1. Do not enter into rooms or buildings where an electrical shock hazard my be present.
  2. Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or any other printed items that may cause staining on your floors.
  3. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as you could cause an electric shock or damage the vacuum.
  4. Do not use your television or other household appliances on or near wet flooring.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.

For more tips, please visit our Water Damage Tips page. If you have had a water damage and need our services, please give us a call, 24/7, at 941-484-7777.

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