Emergency Procedures to Stop Water Damage
Did You Know – Water Damage
Did you know that 22 out of 1,000 households will experience a water-related disaster each year? Water damage not only affects property but it also creates an environment for mold to grow.
The most effective way to protect your property from water damage and the threat of mold is to have it dried as quickly as possible.
Steps to Take to Stop Water Damage
1. Call Disaster Restoration Experts immediately at 303-801-0300.
Our highly trained and experienced water damage technicians will be there shortly to help you get the problem under control.
2. Turn the Water Off.
I know this sounds basic but some people for get to do this. The water damage can’t be mitigated until the water is turned off.
3. Remove Excess Water.
Mop up as much excess water as possible. To speed the drying process, in cool weather, open windows. In hot weather, turn on the air conditioner.
4. Prop Up Upholstery.
Any cushions on couches, etc should be propped up for more even drying.
5. Remove Area Rugs
Anything that is wet and can be moved should be moved away to dry. This includes area rugs, magazines, books, or anything that is sitting on top of the wall-to-wall carpet.
6. Open Storage Containers.
Open any boxes, suitcases, etc that may contain moisture to let them dry.
7. Protect Furniture
Place plastic bags between the legs of your furniture and the wet carpet. This will keep the pain and lacquer on the furniture from bleeding down into the carpet and ruining it permanently. Also, open any drawers or cabinet drawers to allow them to dry.
8. Protect Your Valuables from Water Damage.
Remove any valuables from the affected area. This includes, paintings, papers, computers, etc. Drying out an area creates heat and humidity. Anything that can be affected by this should be move away.
9. Dry Clothing
Dry all of your clothing as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather somewhere to dry. If necessary call a garment restoration professional. Our technicians can give you referrals to good, reputable companies who can help.
What NOT To Do When Dealing With Water Damage
Don’t Use a Vacuum Cleaner
A regular house-hold vacuum usually cannot handle water. Also, it might create an electrical hazard. A wet/dry shop vac can work well, however.
Don’t Operate Electrical Appliances
Any electrical appliances used in a wet environment can cause an electrical hazard.
Don’t Touch Outlets or Plugs
Again, avoid using any electrical appliances in a wet environment. Plugs and outlets that are “hot” can also pose electrical shock hazards.
A Final Thought on Water Damage…
Dealing with water damage isn’t fun but serious consequences of ignoring the problem or not drying it properly can create further difficulties. Whatever you do, please consult a professional to help minimize the long-term risks when dealing with a flood and the related water damage.
We also rent equipment and offer expert advice if you’d like to take care of your own water damage.