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Statewide Emergency Restoration Services
Statewide Emergency Restoration Services
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Water Damage Dos and Don’ts for Homeowners

Water damage is one of the biggest reasons homeowners file an insurance claim, and it’s not caused by storms and flooding as much as you’d think. The majority of home flooding occurs due to accidents in the home, such as burst or broken plumbing pipes, appliance failures, broken water heaters or overflowing toilets, sinks or tubs. Whether your home suffers water damage from a flood or water leak, call a professional water-damage restoration professional immediately and follow these helpful dos and don’ts to minimize loss and help prevent further damage to your home and furnishings.

Do This to Combat Water Damage:

  • Shut off source of water if possible or call a professional to shut it off
  • Turn off circuit breakers in wet areas of the home, if the access panel is safe from electrical shock
  • Remove as much water as possible with a mop or squeegee
  • Blot wet carpets with white towels
  • Place barriers between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Wipe wood furniture dry
  • Prop up wet furniture cushions
  • Remove wet area rugs
  • Lift drapes off flooring
  • Pin furniture skirting up off damp floors
  • Turn air conditioner on high in summer
  • Open windows in winter
  • Open closet doors and cabinet drawers
  • Open suitcases and luggage
  • Gather loose items
  • Remove wet fabrics, dry immediately
  • Remove and hang leather goods and furs separately, dry at room temperature
  • Remove wet books, spread out to dry
  • Move valuable artwork, photos, important documents, computers and other items sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry place

Don’t Do This:

  • Enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from trapped water
  • Turn on lights or ceiling fans, if ceiling is wet
  • Use any electrical appliances or other devices in flooded areas or while standing on wet floors
  • Enter rooms where any electrical-shock hazards exist
  • Use household vacuums to remove excess water
  • Leave furniture, magazines or other colored items that could bleed dye on wet carpeting
  • Leave colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets, which could cause staining
  • Turn heaters on high, which could cause mold growth
  • Enter flooded basements without wearing rubber boots

Don’t wait to call for professional help, because the longer you wait, the more likely further damage will occur. Call Statewide Emergency Restoration Services 24/7 for prompt, courteous service by top professionals in the field. We can help with water cleanup and restoration of any size, from the smallest flooded basements to massive flooding from natural disasters.

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