Water is an essential part of our daily lives and the benefits are numerous, however when water incidents such as washing machine malfunctions, flooding, ice damning, burst pipes or water heater leaking occurs, damage to property and personal belongings can be catastrophic.
Remove as much water as possible.
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
Place aluminum foil or furniture blocks under the furniture.
Open drawers and cabinets to begin drying process.
Remove oil paintings, art objects, and other valuables to a safe place.
Blot wet carpeting with white towels.
Punch small holes in the sagging ceilings to relieve trapped water, place a bucket underneath the holes.
Leave wet fabrics in place; dry them as soon as possible.
Leave books, magazines or other colored items on the wet carpets or floors.
Use your household vacuum to remove the water.
Use TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on concrete floors.
Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retaining water.
Mold and Mildew Damage
While hundreds of species of mold exist and surround us each and every day with little or no threat to our well being, it is generally the opinion of experts that visible mold on interior surfaces and the pungent odor that typically accompanies it is never a good thing. Our certified project managers and remediation technicians are trained in handling and remediation of mold damaged materials and work closely with the property owner and hygienists to identify the types of mold, severity of the contamination, and the proper protocols to be followed to ensure a safe and successful outcome.
Try to identify a source of unwanted water intrusion – mold needs moisture to grow.
Keep the area as well ventilated to the exterior as possible.
Keep the area isolated from other areas of the home or building.
Keep the area as well lit and bright as possible.
Remember, mold thrives best in areas that are dark and humid, have a moisture source and feed upon organic food sources, (wood, drywall, etc).
Attempt to clean with bleach or other household products.
Disturb the visible mold.
Allow children, older adults, and persons with respiratory conditions in the area.
Assume that only what you can see is the problem – it can thrive in hidden areas such as wall cavities, cabinets, closets and crawl spaces.
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