When water floods your home or business, porous materials such as sheetrock and wood will soak up the liquid, resulting in bloated, discolored and warped structures that, when unattended, may become a breeding ground for mold.
Whether your bathroom sink overflowed or broken pipes flooded your office with six feet of water, understanding what to do (and what not to do) after a water loss can prevent further damage and help restore your peace of mind. Here are five things to do and remember:
- This is not a DIY project. Because damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within a few hours, water restoration is not something you should attempt alone. Trained water mitigation specialists will assist you with everything from proper structural drying techniques to post-damage carpet cleaning.
- Remember that water and electricity do not mix. Never enter a room with standing water until the electricity has been turned off. Do not use a household vacuum to remove water from the home or business.
- Move what you can. Save what has been untouched by water by moving dry items, like photos, paintings and collectibles to a safe, dry location. Lift your draperies off wet carpet, loop through a coat hanger and place the hanger on a drapery rod.
- Punch holes in sagging ceilings to allow water to drain. Drilling holes in the walls, sheetrock and/or ceilings of your home or business allows moist air and trapped water to escape quickly and can prevent further damage and potential microbial growth.
- Clean carpet, upholstery and other damaged furnishings. Depending on the extent of damage, carpet and carpet pad may need to be reinstalled or replaced. After reinstallation, carpet should be cleaned and deodorized by trained water restoration specialists.
For immediate help and information regarding a water loss, call the ServiceMaster Clean In A Wink 24/7/365 damage restoration hotline at 888-GET-WINK