- Water Damage Cleanup
Water damage cleanup from ServiceMaster Restore
Whether your home or business was hit by a flash flood or a burst pipe, tackling the issue of water damage cleanup as soon as possible is critical. In order to minimize long-term damage that can be time consuming and costly to repair, call the water damage restoration experts at ServiceMaster Restore. With over 60 years in the industry, we know how to get the job done right—and our highly trained technicians are available around the clock, seven days a week. If you’re not sure where to start with water damage cleanup, we’re here to help—call us today and we can get started immediately.
The damage water can do
Leaks, flooding and excess humidity can all cause water damage to your property whether it’s immediately apparent or not. That’s why you need to stay aware to keep your risk as low as possible. If water damage does strike, leaving it for too long can cause even more problems, including:
- Structural problems: Water can seep into drywall, hardwood floors and ceilings, causing rot and warping that will compromise the structural integrity of your property.
- Electrical hazards: Needless to say, moisture and electricity don’t mix. Leaks can cause electrical outlets to short circuit and leave a dangerous situation for anyone who gets too close.
- Bacteria and unpleasant odours: When moisture doesn’t have the chance to dry, bacteria can grow and along with that comes musty, rotten smells that are hard to get rid of.
- Mold: All mold spores need an organic food source (like drywall), time and moisture to spread. By not cleaning up water damage immediately, you are leaving your property at risk to many different kinds of mold, some of them toxic.
What you can do to reduce damage
Depending on the size of the problem, as soon as you’ve noticed water damage, your instinct is usually to do whatever you can to prevent it from getting worse. After calling ServiceMaster Restore to begin the water damage restoration process, there are a few things you should (and should not) do on your own to start the process:
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting
- Remove wet area rugs and other floor coverings not permanently attached
- Lift draperies off the floor to allow them a chance to dry on their own
- Wipe furniture and prop up wet furniture cushions to encourage even drying
- Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to speed up drying
- Do not attempt to remove tacked down wall-to-wall carpet
- Do not use a household vacuum in an attempt to remove water on your own
- Do not disturb visible mold