Dangers are not over even when the water goes down. Do not endanger yourself or your family after a water damage event. Keep your children and pets away from the affected areas. Try to protect yourself and your family from stress, fatigue, and water-related health hazards. The following precautions should help minimize some of the more common water-related hazards, and help insure a safe water damage recovery process:
- Don’t go into rooms where ceilings are sagging due to overhead water damage.
- Avoid the use of any electrical devices or appliances that may have been damaged by fire,heat or water
- Do not use any electrical devices, equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.
- Avoid using televisions and other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors, particularly if the floor is concrete.
- If the electricity in your home or business is still on, do not enter rooms where standing water is present.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping or sweeping, as long as there is no threat to your safety and the water is not sewer water or other highly contaminated water.
- Wipe furniture as dry as possible and put plastic tabs or blocks under the legs to help prevent damage to the flooring and the furniture. This can help the base of the furniture to also dry faster.
- Lift any draperies off the carpet, and loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Remove all wet area rugs or other loose floor coverings from the area unless to heavy to move.
- Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance or help speed up the drying process.
- Move photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location. This can help to prevent moisture absorption in these types of materials.
- Relocate any damp books and magazines from shelves and spread them out to dry in an unaffected area.
- Do not use ordinary household vacuum to remove water. This has is very dangerous and could cause death.
- Do not use any electrical devices or appliances while you are on wet carpets or wet floors.
- Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still turned on.
- Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly could damage the carpet and backing.
- Use good common sense for good safety; avoid any dangers related to your water loss.
- Call the professionals. Call FLOOD DOCTORS at 800-618-3080.
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