The goal is to prevent water damage, but accidents occur every day, even when we are being the most careful. When water damage occurs, it is important to react quickly to stop the damage from getting worse. Here are some helpful tips when dealing with home water remediation. Remember that safety comes first. In addition, if any of these tips put you or your loved ones in harms way, wait for the professionals to arrive.
The Dos of Home Water Remediation
- Try to stop the water flow. Know where the shut-off valves are for your home.
- Remove as much excess water as possible with towels or a shop vac.
- Towel dry wood furniture
- Relocate all move-able items to a dry place
- Slide foil or plastic wrap between the furniture and the floor
- Pin up draperies and upholstery skirts
- Contact an Expert immediately. Water damage will continue to get worse, even after you suck up the standing water. Experts know how to get your property clean and dry, with the least amount of secondary damage…like MOLD.
- Stay away from contaminated (sewer) water. Sewer water may contain bacteria, viruses, parasites and other harmful contaminates.
- Don’t use electrical appliances or outlets in or near wet areas
- Don’t use your household vacuum to extract water
- Keep wet items away from any absorbent surfaces
- Don’t turn on your heating and/or air conditioning system if you think water may have entered the ducts
- Stay out of rooms if the ceiling is wet or sagging. Ceiling drywall can contain heavy amounts of water which may collapse on you.
- Don’t leave absorbent materials like boxes, papers or pillows in the wet area
- Don’t let children or the elderly enter the affected areas
In short, at Lightning Restoration, we understand the importance of reacting quickly to water damage, for the safety of your family and to prevent Mold from growing. Because of this, we guarantee a 2-hour response time to any emergency call and offer a free evaluation/inspection on every call.