If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that serious water damage restoration, especially when there’s mold involved, is something that should be left to the professionals. However, in the event of a water damage emergency, once you call us, you shouldn’t just be standing there looking out the window. There are a few steps you can take to prevent further damage and make things a little easier for us to act quickly when we arrive. Here’s what you can do:
Unplug and Relocate
Water and electricity don’t mix. Actually, they mix very well, but it’s not good at all when they do. Water is an excellent conductor, meaning that electricity flows through it quite freely. This can cause a whole mess of problems, from just a simple electrical short that cuts power to one room or fries one appliance…to potential electrocution or electrical fire. Anyway, to leave it simple, let’s just say that water and electricity don’t mix. If your water damage is serious enough that there’s any amount of standing water in your home, you want to make sure that anything that uses electricity is unplugged and moved well away from the standing water. For the prolonged life of the product and for your own safety, do this as quickly as possible to prevent circuits from shorting out. You should wear rubber gloves and boots while you do this to protect yourself from electrocution.
Start Collecting Water
Only if the affected area is clearly safe to do so, you can start clearing out some water while you wait for us to arrive on site. Scooping with a bucket, mopping up, or soaking it up with towels are some easy ways to start water damage cleanup. Dispose of the water by pouring down the drain (unless the drain caused the water damage in the first place) or dumping it outside. If you happen to have a shop-vac laying around, that will also work, but refer to the above section when looking where to plug it in.
Those simple steps will definitely help speed up the process for when the professionals come in to assess and repair your water damage. Just remember that if anything looks even the slightest bit unsafe or difficult, you’re better off safe than sorry waiting for us. Soaked furniture and photo albums are a bummer, but your safety and health comes first.
Find Any Water Damage? Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore!
When water damage strikes, it is important to act fast. Turn off the source of the water, call a plumber to fix the underlying issue, take pictures and contact your insurance company, and call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are ready to help with certified licensed restoration technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Click Here to request an estimate today!
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “The Clock is Ticking on Your Water Damage Repair,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.