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Water Loss | What do I do before help arrives?

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Ken Rohwedder and Jason Delzell on Quad Cities Living Local Set SERVPRO on Quad Cities Living Local

Did you catch Ken Rohwedder and Jason Delzell on Living Local last month? They shared great tips about what to do before help arrives.

First and foremost, make sure you’re safe! Shut off circuit breakers for wet areas of your home, but only if access to the breaker panel is safe. Do NOT go into standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.

Ken demonstrated in SERVPRO’s Living Local segment how to get furniture off of wet carpet using wood blocks or aluminum foil. There is some misconception behind this tip – you may think it is to prevent damage to the furniture. It’s actually to prevent damage to the floor!

Our suggestions for separating your wooden furniture from the carpet is more-so to prevent wood stain or fabric from staining your carpet. SERVPRO can dry furniture and carpet, but stained carpet poses a bigger challenge. For that reason, we also suggest you remove colored rugs and use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off of your wet carpets to prevent staining. However, don’t try to move wet furniture from the area. When SERVPRO arrives to dry your space, our equipment will also dry the furniture in that space.

If you missed the great tips that Ken and Jason shared on SERVPRO’s Living Local segment, you can view it on our Youtube channel. https://youtu.be/1YQtQ1Vg42g

In the unfortunate event that you experience any kind of water loss, call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf Moline/Rock Island. We are available 24/7 to address your needs. The longer you wait to call, the greater chance of mold growth and unrepairable damage to your property may occur. Our team has the training and expertise to prevent or mitigate the effect of water damage.  

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