When Experiencing Water Damage
Water damage can be highly destructive, especially if action is not taken immediately. In the event of a flood, hurricane, or other disaster involving water, contact ServiceMaster as soon as possible. If for any reason there is a delay in our arrival, use the following tips:
- Mop and blot as much water as possible.
- Remove wet area rugs or removable floor coverings. Do not attempt to remove wall-to-wall carpeting yourself.
- Be sure no draperies are touching the floor. Loop over curtain rod using a coat hanger or whatever is available.
- Wipe furniture, prop up cushions and place aluminum foil under furniture legs.
- Move photos, paintings, etc. to a safe, dry location if possible.
- Do not remove books from shelves. Pack them tightly together to prevent warping until a restoration professional can use their specialized method of drying.
- Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to facilitate drying.
What not to do:
- Do not enter a room with standing water in it until all electricity has been turned off.
- Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not attempt to lift tacked down carpet without professional help.
- Do not use electrical appliances when carpet or flooring is still wet.
- Do not touch or disturb any visible mold.