Clean Water Damage Tips
When water takes over your home, its important to know what to do and what not to do. The first thing a homeowner should do is determine if the water damage is from a clean water source(bathtub overflow, washer leak, ice-maker leak etc.) or a contaminated one (ex. sewage). If you find water damage in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville.
Water damage from a clean water source:
SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville has broken down these water damage tips into a simple list for homeowners.
What to do with water damage from a clean water source:
- Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the source of water.
- Turn off circuit breakers for the affected wet areas of the building if it is safe to do so.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting with towels.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to ensure even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Remove any materials that are valuable or especially sensitive to moisture(Examples: painting, art works, computers, paper documents, and old books).
- Use Wooden Clothespins to keep the skirting of furniture off damp/wet floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
What NOT to do with water damage from a clean source:
- Don't enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may be present.
- Don't enter affected areas where electrical objects are exposed to standing water.
- Don't leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored print items on wet floors. This may cause staining.
- Don't leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to wall carpets, this may cause staining.
- Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, this could potentially cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Don't TVs or other appliances while standing on wet floors, especially not wet concrete floors.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet
- Don't enter rooms where where ceilings are sagging from retained water.