Water Damage Tips – Longview, WA

Running faucetIf your Longview or Kelso property has sustained water or flooding, trust ServiceMaster by JTS to fully restore all damaged property quickly and efficiently. Our certified and highly experienced technicians are well-versed in all forms of water damage – from bursted pipes to water-damaged wood flooring, we can help restore your peace of mind.

What do you do after water damage happens?

Here are some helpful tips to help you get down the right track for restoring your property after water damage:

DO’S

  • Call ServiceMaster by JTS IMMEDIATELY to prevent further damage from occurring
  • Remove everything that isn’t heavy or attached to the floor – such as coffee tables, rugs, etc.
  • Mop or blot (dabbing something to soak the water up) your flooring if you can
  • Lift shades and curtains off the floor
  • Put foil underneath the legs of your furniture that can’t be moved out of the room
  • Remove artwork, jewelry or any other valuable that could potentially be affected by the humidity caused by the water
  • If books or other printed materials have been damaged, be sure to place them under pressure to prevent warping
  • Open closed-off areas to air-out any trapped water – cabinets, closets, drawers, etc.

Don’ts

  • Don’t get shocked! Avoid entering any room with water damage that has the electricity still running – appliances and cords can send electrical currents through water
  • If your ceiling is sagging due to water damage, don’t enter the room. We can’t have you smashed by your ceiling on our clock!
  • Let a professional take care of the carpet – don’t remove it if it’s permanent
  • Avoid using any electric appliances when standing on wet ground
  • If you see mold, stay away from it and try not to touch it
  • Avoid turning on lights in the affected room/area
  • Don’t use a vacuum when cleaning up the water

 

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