Emergency Damage Control Tips – Water Damage

Experiencing water damage in your home.  Ground water, broken pipes, broken fish tanks, toilet overflows and more can all cause damage to your home which could eventually bring about mold if not mitigated properly.  Below are some helpful tips:

What to Do:

  • Damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours.  Call for professional help.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Do not remove books from shelves.  Rather pack them tightly to prevent warping of pages until a restoration professional can begin this specialized drying.
  • Open drawers, closet and cabinet doors to enhance drying.

What not to do:

  • Do not enter a room with standing water untill 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.

Most important is to contact ServiceMaster of Cherry Hill to come and mitigate the water.  Mold can begin growing within 48-72 hours.

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