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The Storms Brewing

6/21/2023 (Permalink)

After a storm passes, it’s important to stay safe while waiting for help to arrive. Here are some tips to help prevent further damage after a storm:

Storm water damage

Shut off water source

Shut off water source is possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

Turn off circuit breakers

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

Remove excess water

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Prop up wet upholstery

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in the washing machine.

Use aluminum foil for barrier

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Move paintings or art

Move any paintings, art, objects, computers, documents or other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

Hang furs and leathers

Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.

Don't Enter affected areas

Don't enter affected areas is electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards!

Don't use household vacuum

Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures is ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

For emergency fire damage

Limit movement

limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.

Keep hands clean

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. 

Empty freezer and refrigerator

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

Wipe off soot

Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

Don't wash walls 

Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO.

Don't shampoo carpet or upholstery

Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rug or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO.

Don't clean electrical appliances

Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that maybe been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

SERVPRO is here to help when disaster strikes. 

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