Restoration Local Offers Tips on Handling the Immediate Aftermath of Water Damage

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How water damage is handled when it first occurs determines how successful the water restoration process may be. Learn what to do in the moments following a water problem.

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How water damage is treated once it occurs may have a significant impact on how effectively it may be remediated.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on how to best handle a water damage problem in those all important first few minutes. How water damage is treated once it occurs may have a significant impact on how effectively it may be remediated.

Of course the first thing that should be done is to contact a qualified water restoration professional, someone who is experienced with water damage, burst pipes, flooded basements, all of the possible scenarios that apply. Water damage progresses from bad to worse very rapidly, and any items that are damaged may be beyond repair in as little as 48 hours.

In the immediate aftermath of a water damage event, some suggestions for stabilizing the situation:

Shut off the electricity to the damaged area. Water damage does not need to be compounded by an electrical shock. Remove all furniture and loose items from the area. At the very least, place aluminum foil under the legs of the furniture in order to prevent furniture stains on the carpet.

Lift any draperies or curtains off the wet carpet, and pin up any upholstered furniture skirts that may get wet. Books, shoes, paper products, and other similar items may stain water damaged carpet and should be removed.

Refrain from using home vacuums to remove water. There is considerable risk of electrical shock, not to mention damage to the unit. There are specialize wet dry vacuums that are made for purposes such as this.

Do not put down newspaper to create a space to walk, since newsprint bleeds easily and will damage the surface below. With that in mind, do not walk on water damaged carpet any more than necessary as this can transfer the water problems to other areas.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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