Water damage is one of the most common disasters to occur in residential and commercial buildings. It can develop into mold and threaten the health of those in the building. When flood damage occurs, it is best to contact a professional flood damage repair service immediately for help repairing water damage. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, here are a few steps you can take to minimize damage.
Shut Off Electricity
It’s very important to turn off the electricity in the building once water begins to flood indoors. This will prevent electrocution. Avoid entering any room of the home that has standing water until the electricity is completely shut off. It’s also important to turn off the main water line to your home and avoid using any electrical tools. After the electricity is turned off, attempt to remove as much water ask you can by blotting and mopping the area. Avoid using vacuum cleaners or electrical tools to remove the water.
You can also remove rugs or any floor coverings that can be put aside while the cleanup process begins. Do not remove floor to floor carpeting, which can shrink after it’s been removed from the floors. Instead, consult a carpet professional after the water damage is repaired. Place aluminum foil underneath the legs of different furniture pieces to prevent further damage or warping to the objects. Gather loose items and protect the furniture to prevent the items from staining the carpets or wood.
While waiting for help to arrive, locate any art pieces or framed photos and move them to a dry area of the home. You can try taking the items outdoors to air-dry and lay books on top of prints to prevent distortion from occurring with the paper.
Move any important records and documents to a dry room in the building and attempt to blot them dry with rags or paper towels.
Allow the air to circulate in the building by opening windows. Only turn on fans if you are absolutely certain none of the electrical wiring has come in contact with any of the flooding water. Promoting air floor helps when it is performed 24-48 hours after the water damage has occurred.
Keep pets or animals outdoors to prevent injury and create a list of items damaged in the flood to send to an insurance agency when filing a claim. Hopefully by the time you’ve taken these immediate steps to minimize any losses to your property, your service professionals from Trademark Restoration have arrived to safely contain the situation on your behalf. Keep our number 702-749-9999 handy in case of an emergency! Trademark Restoration is available for water damage repair 24 hours a day 7 days a week.