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Water damage can occur at any time and from a number of causes. Pipes break, water heaters wear out, plumbing backs up, or a natural disaster results in a flood.
When water damage occurs it is important not to panic. The first thing to do is stop the water source and the next thing to do is call a water damage expert like Dry Max. We are there to help you in your time of need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Below is a list of things you can do to minimize the effect of water damage, as well as some suggestions on how not to make things worse..
What to Do
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping the area or using a wet/dry vac.
- Wipe as much excess water from wood furniture as you can and remove tabletop lamps and other items from the furniture.
- Turn the air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer and open the windows in the winter.
- Remove any artwork and paintings from the walls.
- Remove any area rugs from the floor and hang to dry.
- Remove wet upholstery cushions from the frame and prop them up to dry.
- Place plastic or aluminum foil under any furniture legs that are not plastic.
- Punch tiny holes in a sagging ceiling to relieve trapped water, placing something underneath the holes beforehand to collect any trapped water.
- Stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging from retained water.
What Not to Do
- DON'T panic!
- DON'T leave wet fabrics in place.
- DON'T leave magazines, books, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
- DON'T use a regular vacuum to remove excess water.
- DON'T turn on electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets, wet floors, or especially on wet concrete floors.
- DON'T turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
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