Do you have a water damage situation? While these may not fit your unique emergency, here are a few guidelines about the steps you should take.
1. Assess Possible Hazards
If the house is structurally sound, your next priority is to assess electrical hazards. Water conducts electricity very efficiently, so you must assess water damage to electrical appliances and wiring to prevent possible accidents and even fires.
Slip-and-fall hazards are your next concern. As a result, your next task is gathering loose items from floors to mop up as much excess water as possible. Turning on fans facilitates drying in summer. However, do not turn on ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet, since this is a sign of structural or electrical damage. Also, never enter rooms with ceilings that are sagging; this is a sign of structural damage.
Remember never to use your household vacuum to remove water – this presents a major electrical hazard.
2. Water Damage Cleanup
If all imminent safety hazards are addressed, the focus can turn to aesthetic damage. Remove all items from atop wood furniture. Then, mop excess water from all surfaces and air out wet upholstery and cushions. Removing colored rugs from wet carpet prevents permanent staining. Also, moving all objects of artistic value to a safe, dry place prevents further damage. Consider placing aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting to prevent further staining.
Lastly, remove books, magazines and all colored items from wet carpet and floors to prevent staining and bleeding color.
3. Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Water Damage Restoration
Water damage situations are very stressful. Streamline your cleanup by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:
- IICRC S500 Standard
- Emergency Water Extraction
- Flood Cleanup
- Sewage Cleanup
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Professional Deodorization
- Anti-Microbial Application
Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the water damage remediation and restoration process.
Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today. In a water damage emergency, every second counts. You can’t afford to wait!