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Important Do's and Don'ts for Clean Water Damage

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

  • Stop the source of the water.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furnishings after removing any contents lying on the surface.
  • Be aware of potential electrical hazards. Do not attempt to vacuum up water with standard vacuum equipment. 
  • Clearly designate wet areas with floor signs and safety tape. 
  • Pad or block wood furniture to prevent permanent staining of carpet. 
  • Carefully remove colored items from affected areas, especially those in contact with carpet and upholstery.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying. 
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Do not attempt to use electrical devices exposed to moisture or use unexposed electrical devices while standing on wet floors- especially wet concrete.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fans or light fixtures if ceiling is wet. Avoid standing beneath sagging ceilings.  

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