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Precautions to take before help arrives to clean up your clean water water damage

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers from a storm, its critical to know the difference between different levels of contaminated water. There are 3 classes of water, Clean, Gray and Black.

Clean water: Clean water is water from a broken pipe, water from a hot water heater, or sink. The time frame for a clean water water damage is limited as if it sits for longer than 24 hours it is then considered gray water. 

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.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh. We are certified in Water damage, biohazard clean up and mold remediations. We also accept all insurance companies.   Call 410-529-1664 for more details.

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