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The latest acts of Mother Nature in the form of hurricanes and flooding make us think more about water damage in our homes. Seeing videos of the devastating effects in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other islands make us wonder how we would react if we were in their shoes. Of course, we don’t get hurricanes here in the Midwest. But in reality, most water damage is the result of accidents in the home, not from the weather.
Devastating Effects of Water Damage
Water leaks can cause clean water damage as well as chemical and biological pollution. Depending on the cause of the leak, you should be aware of proper cleanup and remediation techniques before water damage turns into mold or rot.
Typical causes of water damage are shower pans, hot water heaters, washing machines and clogged plumbing. Some leaks are obvious right away, but others may be slow leaks that attract mold infestations. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mold growth can occur even if materials are dried within 48 hours, so time is of the essence.
If you have ever experienced water damage in your home, you know that it could cause devastating damage, especially if not addressed quickly. There are some things you, as a homeowner, can do to mitigate the damage until the professionals arrive. But there are also actions you may think are beneficial, but could actually do more damage. Here are some tips to help.
What to DO While Waiting for the Water Restoration Professionals
- Stop the water flow, if possible.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting the saturated area.
- Wipe furniture to remove excess water.
- Place aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying.
- Lift drapes off flooring, loop through a coat hanger and hang on curtain rod.
- Remove wet area rugs.
- Turn on air conditioner if damage occurs in summer.
- Move valuable paintings, art objects, and photos to a safe, dry place.
- Open closet doors, furniture drawers, and luggage to aid in drying.
- Remove any wet fabrics and dry immediately.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
What NOT to Do
- Use your household vacuum to remove the excess water.
- Use electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring or carpets.
- Enter any room with standing water while electricity is still on.
- Attempt to clean up contaminated (sewer) water.
- Place newspaper on wet surfaces since newspaper ink transfers easily.
- Lift tacked carpet without professional help.
- Enter any room where the ceiling is sagging.
- Wait to call for professional help. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur.
Call St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration Immediately!
This should be your very first action before doing anything else! Our professionals are equipped to deal with all water leakage and restoration. They know all the do’s and don’ts so you don’t have to! We offer 24/7 emergency response service because we know that time is critical in these situations. Check out our blog on Water Damage Restoration to see how we can help.
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has been serving St. Louis families, businesses and corporations since 1991. As a local family-owned company, our mission is to exceed our client’s expectations and provide fair and honest pricing, quality service, innovative technology and unprecedented customer service.
Don’t waste precious time and risk losing all your valuable possessions. Contact St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration immediately if you have water damage to get it fixed promptly and effectively.