It has been a wet and rainy spring and summer. Water is higher than it has been in a long time. If you have suffered- or are suffering- water damage at home, there are things that you can do to minimize damage:
- Stop the water flow if possible. If necessary hire a qualified person to assist you to make repairs. Keep any parts that are replaced for your insurance company inspection.
- If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas and remove any small electrical devices from the affected areas.
- Remove small furniture items to minimize furniture stains or rust and to speed up drying.
- Place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under legs of furniture that cannot be moved.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying.
- Wipe down furniture that is wet with a dry cloth or towel.
- Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Remove wet area rugs to a dry area.
- Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to promote drying.
- Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location.
- Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants or other items that may stain the carpet (check especially under beds and in closets for these items).
- Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.
- Remove and secure breakables, moisture sensitive or high-value items.
- Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- If damage occurs during a cool season, leave heat on; if in summer, use an air conditioner if possible (provided water has not entered the ducts).
However, there are also things that you should NOT do after you have had water damage at home:
- Do not enter rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on.
- Do not use electrical appliances and outlets in wet areas.
- Do not use an ordinary household or shop vacuum to remove water. It can cause damage to the vacuum or result in electrical shock to the user.
- Do not attempt to clean up contaminated (sewer) water.
- Do not turn on fans, heating or air conditioning units if water is sewage-related as they may spread the contamination.
- Do not walk on wet surfaces any more than necessary in order to minimize safety hazards and to keep from spreading damage and possible contaminants.
- Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help (lifting the carpet incorrectly could promote shrinkage).
- Do not place newspaper on wet surfaces since newspaper ink transfers easily.
- Do not wait to call for professional help.
For more information on residential water damage, contact RebuildEx.