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Water Damage Tips from SHOWCASE Total Cleaning & Restoration Services.

SHOWCASE Total Cleaning and Restoration Services, realizes that wet carpet, flood damage, flooded basements, water intrusion, water damage, standing water and other water related problems often come as a shock, and can be a traumatic experience for homeowners and their families. Here are a few water damage tips you may find helpful in waiting for one of our water damage technicians to arrive.

DO’s to help facilitate less damage and cross contamination as a result of standing water/water intrusion.

  • SHUT OFF THE SOURCE OF WATER IF POSSIBLE
  • Turn off the circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas.
  • Unplug and remove any small electrical devices on/or at wet areas.
  • Watch slipping hazards when walking/transitioning from wet carpet to hard surfaces.
  • Remove all valuables and art/paintings to a safe dry place.
  • Remove any loose rugs (area rugs) from wet area and place on dry surface (concrete/tile floor).
  • Remove any items that will absorb water, books, magazines, clothing, etc.
  • Place aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • If cushions/pillows get wet, remove from area and prop up in standing position.
  • Remove as much standing water as possible, use a wet vacuum, rags, towels or whatever you can find that will help absorb the water.
  • Open wet cabinet doors and drawers. Do not force doors open if impeded by swelling.
  • If possible, open windows in cool temperatures and turn on air conditioning in warmer temperatures.

DON’TS while waiting for your water damage technician to arrive.

  • Do not turn ceiling fans on when the ceiling is wet.
  • Do not leave wet fabrics in place.  Dry them as soon as possible.
  • Do not attempt to clean or blot dry any wet colored fabrics or other potentially color staining fibers.
  • Do not leave furniture on wet carpet, if at all possible remove or block furniture immediately. Water will absorb in the wood and stain the flooring/carpet.
  • Do not leave wet items that are metal or steel as they can cause rust stains to other materials they are in touch with.
  • Do not try "do it yourself" water intrusion. You are urged to call a professional as standing water will absorb in building materials. Proper professional moisture reading equipment is paramount in remediating water intrusion. If not dried to a dry standard "as soon as possible" you can be causing further, more expensive concerns, such as damaging building materials, odors, fungi, mold.
  • Please call SHOWCASE Total Cleaning & Restoration Services, LLC for your water damage cleanup needs. You will be happy you did!

 

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