Does your family have a plan in place should your home suffer from water damage? Children home alone for the summer should know how to handle a water emergency.
Your mind may start drawing blanks if you suddenly discover your basement flooded or a water supply line broke and flooded your kitchen or laundry room.
Of course, you may think about calling your local water damage restoration company, like ServiceMaster of Salem, but here are some other steps that you can take to minimize the amount of water damage done to your home.
Tip #1 – Put Your Personal Safety First
Before starting the water damage restoration process, stop for a moment to consider your personal safety. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination; can you enter the room without putting yourself at risk of an electric shock? If there are any electric appliances in the affected area, make sure you cut the power to that room before entering it to eliminate the risk of getting electrocuted.
In addition to avoiding any electrical hazards, you will want to be careful when walking on wet floors to make sure you don’t slip and fall.
Tip #2 – Locate the Water Source – and Stop It!
Once you’ve determined that it’s safe to enter the area, find out where the water is coming from and stop the leak. If you cannot determine where the water is coming from, or if you suspect that the water is the result of a ruptured pipe, turn off your home’s water supply to minimize the amount of damage. It is always good to know in advance where this is.
Tip #3 – Contact Your Local Water Damage Restoration Company
If you’re dealing with an extensive amount of water damage, contact your local water damage restoration company immediately.
ServiceMaster of Salem offers 24-hour emergency water damage restoration services for both residential and commercial properties in Marion, Polk, Linn and Benton counties. You can contact ServiceMaster of Salem by calling 503-585-4017or 541-738-4624 or by filling out the online service request form.
Tip #4 – Get a Jump-start on the Water Cleanup Process
Once ServiceMaster is on the way, you can start the next phase of the water damage restoration process by removing personal belongings and getting a head-start on the water cleanup process if it’s safe to do so. Just keep in mind that there are certain things that you should do along with things you shouldn’t do.
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO!!
• Move any valuable items like books, portraits, paintings or any other sensitive objects to a safe, dry place.
• Lift drapes off the floor to keep them from soaking up water.
• Wipe down furniture to remove any excess moisture.
• Move all furniture that you can to another room that did not suffer water damage.
• Place wooden blocks or aluminum foil under the legs of furniture items that cannot be removed.
• Remove as much water as possible by mopping or blotting. (Try not to leave colored towels on carpet as they may bleed).
• Open up windows to dry out the area if the weather allows it.
THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DO
• Don’t leave wet fabrics in place – hang them up to dry.
• Don’t leave books, magazines or any other items that can easily be damaged by water in the flooded area.
• If the electricity is still on, don’t use any electrical appliances in rooms that have standing water.
• Don’t use your household vacuum to remove excess water.
• Don’t lift carpet off the tack strip as it may cause stretching or shrinkage.
• Stay out of rooms with ceilings that are sagging.
• Don’t hesitate to call a water damage restoration company – the longer you wait, the more damage your property will endure.