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What to Do When You Have Water Damage

what to do with water damageBay Area Clean Care has restored countless water losses over the past 30 years and knows what is necessary to get you back to pre-loss condition quickly.

Your insurance policy requires that you do everything possible to limit the possibility of secondary damage, so swift action on your part is necessary, as slow response can lead to further severity. Bay Area Clean Care will work directly with your insurance company and carry out any steps necessary to get you back to pre-loss condition. Fast response is just a call to our 24-hour emergency line away.

Until we can arrive on the scene, here are some steps you can take to help speed up the restoration process and avoid secondary damage.

  • If breakers are safely accessible, turn off power in affected areas.
  • Stay away from exposed outlets, switches, circuit breakers or equipment that poses an electric shock risk.
  • Keep electrical appliances like ceiling fixtures or fans off in affected areas.
  • If the source of the water intrusion can be determined, use the shut-off valve to stop the flow.
  • Use towels to mop or blot the wet area if possible.
  • If items like newsprint, books and periodicals were out on carpets, rugs or floors, remove them to prevent potential staining.
  • Clear wood furniture surfaces and dry them if visibly wet.
  • Remove upholstery cushions from affected areas and prop them up to dry.
  • Elevate furniture off of wet floors by placing foil or plywood underneath the base or legs.
  • Remove any moisture sensitive items from wet rooms.
  • Apply clothespins to furniture skirts so they aren’t exposed to damp floors.
  • Hang to dry any draperies, furs and leather goods that have become wet.
  • Completely avoid any water that appears contaminated and wash immediately if you think that you may have into contact with contaminated water.
  • Do not spread contaminated water to unaffected areas.
  • Power down central heating or air conditioning units and cover vents in the affected areas.
  • Avoid the temptation to vacuums or dry the area with household appliances or fans. You could get shocked or injured.