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Water Damage Do's and Dont's - emergency tips to keep you and your family safe

12/20/2013 (Permalink)

Water Damage DO’s and DONT’S – emergency tips to keep you and your family safe  

SERVPRO of Hamilton wants to help you be prepared in the event of a burst pipe, sewage back up or the event of a flood. The critical minutes after an event and what you do can save you money, time, property and valuable possessions. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton for all your emergency restoration needs including mold removal, water damage, fire damage, and commercial carpet clean up.


  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building or home. When access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock

  • Wipe excess from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by moping and blotting.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated with sewage

  • DONT’s

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.

  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.

  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining

  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas 

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