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The Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage In Your Dutchess County home

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

A large bathroom with an inch of water covering the whole floor. Stay safe and know what to do and what not to do following water damage in your home!

Sometimes, no matter how much you think you're prepared, things just happen. Pipes burst, appliances malfunction, sump pumps fail. If you experience water damage in your home from clean water (not sewage or contaminated waters), here's a few tips on what you should and shouldn't do before help arrives:

DO--If possible, shut off the water source. If not, call a plumber ASAP to get the source repaired. -Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas and ONLY when access to the panel is safe from electric shock.-Call your insurance company and submit a claim.-Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, no matter the time or place, we'll be there to get the damage under control.-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. Wipe water from wood furniture.-Prop up couch cushions, put blocks under furniture that might be sitting on wet carpeting.-Relocate any sensitive items like computers, paintings, and documents to a dry area.  DON'T- (Safety is the biggest concern here)-Enter a room with standing water where there is a risk of electrical shock. Avoid areas where outlets, switches, electrical equipment or circuit breakers are exposed to water.-Use your household vacuum cleaner, these are not built for water and could cause electrical shock and damage the vacuum. Even a wet-dry vacuum can't handle more than a puddle, don't take the chance.-Use any appliances like TVs while standing on wet carpet or flooring, especially not on wet concrete floors! With any damage, safety comes first. Our professionals specialize in the cleanup and restoration of all Western Dutchess County properties from any kind of damage, leave it to the experts.We're here for your emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will make that water damage look "Like it never even happened."

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