Have you ever wondered what you should do when you have a water loss in your home? ServiceMaster of Rochester would like to offer the Do’s and Dont’s of what to do when you are in the middle of a loss. Our IICRC Certifed Technicians can help you after you call but there are a few things that will lessen your loss size.
Start with the DO’s:
- Damage from water and bacteria growth can begin in hours. Call of professional help and guidance.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting. Aggressive techniques can permanently damage building materials.
- Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings not permanently attached. Do not attempt to start removing wall to wall carpet without expert advice.
- Lift draperies off the floor, loop through a coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Wipe furniture, prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil under furniture legs.
- Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location.
- Keep books on shelves. Pack them tightly to prevent warping of pages until a restoration professional can begin specialized drying.
- Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to enhance drying.
And now the DO NOT’s:
- Do not enter a room with standing water until the electricity has been turned off.
- Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not lift tacked-down carpet without professional help.
- Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or flooring.
- Do not remove books from shelves.
These handy tips can prevent increased damage in the time prior to arrival of the restoration professionals. They give you the basics of what you should do when you have a water loss in your home. By following these tips, you can reduce your loss size and therefore reduce your claim size. You also prevent secondary damage to the structure or from microbial growth.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact ServiceMaster of Rochester at (507)282-5747.