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What Are Some DIY Tips To Mitigate Water Damage To Your Ada Home Until Help Arrives?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage to your home is never fun. It can cause severe problems and unsafe conditions and sometimes compromise your health due to unclean water or mold infestation. When a flooding event of any size occurs in your Ada home, you will want to take immediate steps to manage it, even if you plan on getting help from a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. 

Keep reading to learn more about some things you can do yourself to mitigate water damage to your Ada home while you wait for the restoration professionals to arrive!

What Should I Do First When My Ada Home Experiences Water Damage?

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Ask yourself if it is safe to stay in the house; if you are unsure, clear the premises of anyone who could be injured.
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are the most prevalent concerns you will face.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform, and be sure to avoid plugging in any tools in wet conditions. 
  • Wet materials can be weighty, so you will want to exercise caution when attempting to move items that have been affected. 

What Are Some Do's and Don't’s For Me To Keep In Mind While I Am Handling Water Damage Aftermath?

What To Do After Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place; hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Here at SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids, we can be onsite at your Ada home right away to help you get started on your recovery. In addition to water damage, we handle storm damage, mold remediation, odor removal, and much more.

When you hire SERVPRO to handle any disaster at your Ada residence, large or small, you can count on our 24-Hour Emergency Service. We are Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians and trusted leaders in the water restoration industry. We employ advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment, and our franchise is independently owned and operated.

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