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Water Damage Emergency Tips and Information

For most home owners, water damage is a more likely event than a fire disaster. Flood damage may be caused by multiple reasons, some of which are natural rain storms or hurricanes and others stemming from household accidents, such as leaking, frozen or burst pipes, flooded basements, overflowing toilets, bathtubs or sinks, crawlspace seepage, damaged water heaters, and others. Whatever the flood damage causes are, do be aware of your and your family’s safety and make sure to follow the tips below.

Water Damage Emergency Dos:

  • Remove water as soon as possible with mops, old cloths and towels.
  • Clean water from wood surfaces to avoid warping.
  • Wrap aluminum foil on furniture legs as a barrier between the water and the furniture.
  • Air out the property during winter by opening windows.
  • Remove valuables and store in safe place.
  • Send water damaged personal items to a professional restoration facility.
  • Remove wet area rugs, books and magazines from floor so they do not bleed and stain; spread out books and magazines for even drying.
  • Blot wet carpet with clean white towels.
  • Raise wet draperies off wet carpet.
  • Make holes in wet sagging ceiling to reduce trapped water pressure and collect water in buckets placed under the holes created.

Removing water from your home after a flood from a natural disaster, overflowing toilet or burst pipe is extremely important to prevent mold and mildew from developing and spreading. If the damage is severe, call a flood clean up restoration company to remove the water, dry the premises, check for mold damage and repair, rebuild or reconstruct the property.



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