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What To Do First When Water Damage Strikes Your Home

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Employee Setting Equipment A SERVPRO employee setting drying equipment on a water mitigation project.

Did you know that 29% of all insurance claims yearly come from water and freezing damage? That gives your home a good chance of experiencing some water damage. Even if it hasn’t happened before, it is essential to be prepared for any possibility. So what do you do when water does strike? Do you call emergency services? Do you call SERVPRO? Well…give us a few moments to answer those questions for you and let you know the most important steps to take to minimize damage.

There are several things to consider when water starts to enter unwanted areas. We’ve listed some of the most important ones down below.

- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to do so.

-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home when access to the electrical panel is safe from electrical shock.

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.

-Move any paintings, art, objects, computers, documents, or other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

-Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

These are six essential things to consider when water infiltrates your home. But the most important of them all is to call your local SERVPRO as soon as you face any water damage. We are open 24/7 and ready to react to emergencies promptly. We have the equipment, the people, and the knowledge to restore your home to the point that it never even happened. We do everything we can to preserve every inch of your home. Our team does the dirty work so that you don’t have to!

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