The best thing you can do immediately following a flood or discovering water damage is to call a professional and certified water damage restoration company in order to minimize damages and begin the structural drying process. However, following a large weather event where there is large spread flooding and lack of access to certain areas due to fallen trees or shut down roads, professional response can be delayed.
Before a team of certified water damage experts arrive on site, we recommend the following tips to our customers which are all things that YOU can do immediately following a flood:
- Get Water Out Quickly: Remove as much water as possible by mopping or blotting the affected area with towels or a dry wet vacuum if handy.
- Turn Off the Utilities: In a serious water event, turn off the power to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
- Do Not Use Any Electrical Appliances: If your carpet or flooring is wet, do not use electrical appliances to avoid electrocution
- Move Belongings to a Dry Location: Move wet belongings and furniture to a dry area. Lift furniture onto blocks or slide a square of aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent the wood stain from bleeding into carpeting.
- Remove Area Rugs from the Floor: Remove area rugs to avoid carpet dyes from staining flooring, carpeting and wood floors.
- Watch Out for Debris: Be mindful of dislodged materials such as nails that could be present in the water flowing through your home.
- Don’t Throw Anything Out: Don’t throw out expensive or valued belongings even if they got wet and are now not working. Be sure to document a thorough list of damaged items with photos and videos as soon as you can which will help the claim adjustment process.
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