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Emergency Water Damage Tips

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

This is our first post of the new year. We want to start the year off right by reminding you of some very simple water safety tips that could help you stay in control during a water damage situation.

(Note: These tips are for clean water damage situations only. If you are dealing with dirty water or water that poses potential health risks, call professionals to handle everything as soon as possible.)

  • If you can, start by shutting off the water source.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting affected areas.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to get a more even drying of the surface.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. This will help to prevent them from soaking up moisture from puddles on wood floors or from soaked carpets.
  • Hang furs and other leather goods separately at room temperature. These items are more susceptible to damage from water.
  • Remove oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting. Leaving them on wet carpeting could result in colors bleeding from the decorative rugs into the permanent carpeting (which could affect wood floors as well). This can also be said for books magazines and other colored items.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water. This could ruin the machine or result in electrocution.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

These tips should keep you from having any further issues once the damage has already been done. Remember you can always call your local SERVPRO® for your cleaning and restoration needs. Whether it’s fire, water, storm, or other damage types you can always count on us to do whatever we can to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

You can contact us at:
SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

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