Busted water lines, leaking appliances, snowmelt, and heavy rainstorms can teach an unexpected lesson on the damaging power of water. A little knowledge about what to do, combined with quick action, can help save your home and personal possessions. One unforeseeable release of water and all of a sudden your home as well as furnishings are in severe danger. A little understanding of what you can do, coupled with a quick response may also help save your home and personal goods. In most cases, only a specialist can restore water-damaged floor coverings as well as household furniture. Do not attempt to treat these items yourself- that may only contribute to the problem and trigger additional destruction.
The IICRC recommends the following steps to minimize destruction while waiting for help to arrive:
First, the water leak and focus on apparent safety hazards, like electrical shock and personal injury from slips and falls.
Increase ventilation with open windows, fans, as well as heating and air conditioning systems.
Open up doors, drawers, cabinets and closets to maintain maximum air circulation and boost drying.
Move furnishings out of damp locations or protect furnishings legs from absorption and harm with triple-folded aluminum foil.
Hang up curtains as well as pin up upholstery skirts to prevent water rings; allow leather items to dry at room temperature.
Wash damp clothing, linens and bedding right away and hang cleanable fabrics up to dry. Do not keep moist items in plastic bags where mold may develop.
Contact a certified water restoration company to protect your home and furnishings from the damaging effect of water.
Properly trained professionals, using specialized inspecting along with drying equipment can determine concealed water pockets and dry both your structure and household furniture to appropriate industry specifications.
This article about what to do when water damage occurs in Sandpoint, ID has been provided by your local IICRC educated water damage professional, Extreme Property Restoration. Call us at 208-263-7379 for service.