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The Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know the do's and don'ts if you discover what damage is in your home or business?

Here are some tips on what to do if you have a water intrusion

Do: Find the source and shut it off, if possible

Do: Contact plumber or qualified personnel to fix the intrusion source

Do: Shut off circuit breakers to affected areas

Do: Get as much standing water as possible using a shop vac, towels, mops, etc.

Do: Remove furniture and electrical items such as lamps, computers, and TVs

Do: If unable to move furniture, place wood blocks under legs to prevent staining on the carpet

Do: Place a dehumidifier, if possible, to begin to dry out the area

Do: Call SERVPRO and utilize trained water damage technicians to assist you.

Don't: Enter affected rooms with standing water if electrical shock hazards exist.

Don't: Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

Don't: Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining

Don't: Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Don't: Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially on wet concrete floors.

Don't: Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Call on SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County (262) 542-0900 or SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002 for all your water damage needs. Speak with certified water restoration technicians who can help you.

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