Emergency Tips for CLEAN Water Damage
- Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
- Turn off circuit breaker for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
- Place aluminum foil or wood clocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floor
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. ALWAYS avoid electrical shock hazards
- Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining
- Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining
- Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner
- Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Be sure to call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County if you have a water loss or water damage in your residential or commercial property. We want to respond ASAP and help prevent secondary damage.