12 Water Damage Do’s and Don’ts in Case of Emergency

What to Do in Case of a Water Damage Emergency…

Water damage will be found in 3 dimensions. Water always seeks equilibrium with its environment and wet always goes to dry, if it can. Just finding the extent of water damage on the floor isn’t enough. The water damage needs to be mapped to determine how far up the walls it has wicked, and how far down into the substrate the water damage has gone, including possibly entering the crawlspace in a conventional foundation. This can’t be done by touch. Very specialized water damage inspection tools and meters will be required, and every water damage professional has them.

A thorough understanding of water damage demands every water damage contractor be familiar with the “science of drying” also called psychrometry. Ask your water damage contractor what the dry standard is of each structural component suffering potential water damage. With proper water damage inspection tools and water damage experience, he should be able to tell you on a scale of 100 points the moisture content of the water damaged materials. If he can’t, call a different water damage restoration professional. Make sure your water damage restoration contractor draws a “moisture map” of the affected areas showing the full extent of the water damage migration, and that he updates the map regularly to show the progress of the water damage/structural drying project.

12 Water Damage Do’s and Don’ts in Case of Emergency:

  1. Remove as much water as possible by mopping or sweeping
  2. Wipe furniture dry and block it up to allow the base to dry
  3. Lift draperies off the carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod
  4. Remove wet area rugs or other loose floor coverings
  5. Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying
  6. Move photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location
  7. Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible
  8. Remove damp books from shelves and spread them out to dry
  9. Do not use ordinary household vacuum to remove water
  10. Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors
  11. Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on
  12. Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly could damage the backing

A professional water damage restoration contractor should select the structural drying equipment in a scientific method based on materials, size of the water damage area, and the class and category of the water damage. At the very least he should be certified in applied structural drying and water damage restoration.

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