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Water Damage: What to Do While Help is on the Way

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

If you’re like most people, having water damage is a rare occurrence. Because of this inexperience, you’re likely to just call your insurance company for assistance and wait for professional help to arrive. Unfortunately, every second counts, so if you’ve already called your water mitigation company (such as our team at SERVPRO of Iredell County), there are some things you should do while you wait.

  1. Address the water source. This should actually have been the very first thing you did, but if you haven’t already done this, determine where the water is coming from and—if possible—fix the issue. In many cases, this is as simple as shutting off the home’s water, but some repairs may be necessary as well.

  1. Remove as much water from the home as possible. You’ll need specialized drying equipment to completely dry your home, but that doesn’t mean you have to do nothing while you wait. Instead, you can begin removing any standing water from your home, such as with buckets or mops. This helps us cut down on the amount of time we need to spend extracting water before we can begin drying.

  1. Place aluminum foil or wooden blocks between your furniture and wet flooring. Water can ruin your furniture, and in some cases, it can stain your carpet. To help prevent this, place aluminum foil or wooden blocks underneath your furniture to keep it from touching wet flooring.

This is a good start, but if you have additional help or still have time, there are plenty of other things you can do while you wait. If you do have water damage, however, know that professional help is around the corner. Call our team at SERVPRO of Iredell County any time at (704) 872-7466!

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