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What to Do(and Not to Do) During a Water Damage

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know what you would do if you found yourself standing in 3 inches of water in your living room? Well, don’t panic! First, to determine how to handle this situation, knowing what type of water you are dealing with is crucial. 

The easiest way to look at it would be clean water vs. contaminated water.

Clean water can come from multiple sources such as toilet supply lines, dishwasher supply lines, an ice maker line to the fridge, or a hot or cold water supply line from your sink or shower. Essentially any source where the water does not encounter contaminates.  

Contaminated water can come from floodwater, toilet overflows, roof leaks, or slab leaks. Essentially any source where the water encounters contaminates and potentially a high degree of waste. 

When Handling Damage from Clean Water:

DO:

  1. Shut off the water source if possible
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas to keep yourself safe
  3. Remove as much water as you can by mopping it up
  4. Remove any valuables to a safe place to avoid damages (computers, paintings, documents, and any other sensitive materials)

DO NOT:

  1. Enter a room where you can experience electrical shock hazards
  2. Leave items such as books, newspapers, colored rugs or other colored items on wet surfaces that may cause staining

When Handling Damage from Contaminated Water:

DO:

  1. Avoid contact with any sewage material or items affected by sewage
  2. Wash your hands if contact with contaminated items occur

DO NOT:

  1. Spread contaminated water by walking through wet areas
  2. Use household fans to try to dry area

After handling the initial damage, reach out now and we would love to help you!

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