What is category 2 water and what to do to protect your items until SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh arrives!
Water damages are categorized by the quality of the water source.
Clean water: Clean water is water from a broken pipe, water from a hot water heater, or sink. In the water damage world, this is called Category 1 water.
Category 1 water can quickly become category 2, Grey water, if it sits for longer than 24 hours.
Here is a list of precautions to take to protect your personal belongings from a clean source water damage until help arrives.
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off the circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow a more even drying.
- move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet as they may cause staining
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
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