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Water Damage? Step By Step

5/17/2024 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, you need a reliable partner by your side. That’s where SERVPRO® comes in. Whether it’s flood damage, fire restoration, or mold remediation, our experienced team is here to help you navigate the aftermath. Let’s explore essential steps to take after flooding to protect your home and belongings.

  1. Prioritize Your Safety:

    • Only return to your home once authorities confirm it’s safe.
    • Be cautious and avoid rushing in. Look out for downed power lines, gas leaks, standing water, and structural damage.
    • Wear protective gear like rubber boots and gloves to prevent injuries.
    • Keep a first aid kit handy for minor injuries.
  2. Assess Water Quality:

    • Floodwaters often carry pollutants like bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals, and sewage.
    • Have your water tested to ensure safety. Use bottled water for drinking and cooking until your water is deemed safe.
    • If you have a private well, it must be cleaned, disinfected, and tested before use.
  3. Document Damage and Start Cleanup:

    • Take pictures and videos of the flood-damaged areas before removing items.
    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe water from wood furniture, prop up wet upholstery and cushions, and place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs on wet carpeting.
    • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting and move art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.
  4. Turn Off Utilities:

    • Before dealing with standing water, turn off electricity if it’s not safe.
    • Avoid using matches, cigarette lighters, or open flames, as gas may be trapped inside.
  5. Avoid Additional Risks:

    • Monitor information and instructions from authorities.
    • Wear gloves and boots during house cleanup.
    • Do not touch wet electrical equipment.
    • Avoid wading in floodwater as much as possible.

Remember, safety is paramount, and following these steps can help you recover effectively after a flood. If you need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to call a restoration company like SERVPRO

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