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Steps to Take While You Wait

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Steps to Take While You Wait Rescue Crews Assist During Intense Flooding

Do you live within the area that was hit by the powerful rainstorm that lingered overhead for 2 hours, which dropped more than four inches of rain?

Were you one of our local residents that was left unprepared for the flash flooding, downed trees and power lines, and general chaos?

 Until your SERVPRO professional arrives, here are some emergency tips to reduce damage and increase the changes of a successful restoration.

     Things TO DO

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items that are possibly contaminated.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Use wooden clothes pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

     Things NOT TO DO

  • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not leave Oriental rugs or other colored floor coverings on wet wall-to-wall carpets which could result in staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as it could possibly cause electrical shock or damage to the machine.
  • 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 spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if damaged by water which could spread contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure, as it could spread contaminants.

Follow us on the web via our social media accounts or at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com for more helpful hints.

 Contact us for emergency service when you’ve been flooded at (609)894-8555. We are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.