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What to do when water damages your home

When disaster strikes and water leaks in your home, your first step is to contact your insurance company. To help prevent further damage, follow these tips from ServiceMaster Restore®.

What to do after water damage:

  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings not permanently attached. DO NOT attempt to start removing your wall-to-wall carpet.
  • 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 this specialized drying.
  • Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to enhance drying.
  • Damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours. Call ServiceMaster Clean in a Wink for professional help and guidance in Wichita, Hutchinson, Derby and Winfield, KS.

What NOT to do after water damage:

  • Do not enter a room with standing water until 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 disturb visible mold.
  • Do not remove books from shelves.

For emergency water damage restoration services in South Central Kansas, contact ServiceMaster Clean in a Wink at 316-219-9696 or 888-GET-WINK.