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Safety Tips: IN CASE OF A WATER LOSS

WHAT TO DO NOW:

  • Handle all electrical items with extreme caution.
  • Throughout the house: Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Open windows in cool weather to speed the drying process. In hot weather, switch on air-conditioning if it’s safe to do so. Call your RestoreCore representative for special instructions.
  • Upholstery: Remove all loose cushions and prop up on a clean sheet so that they’ll dry more evenly. (Check for possible “bleeding.”)
  • Carpets: Remove area rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpets. Pick up books, magazines or other items lying on a wet rug or floor.
  • Ceilings: Punching small holes in a ceiling relieves trapped water. Place drip pans beneath; move nearby furniture and other household items. CAUTION: heavily water damaged, sagging ceilings can collapse causing personal injury. If in doubt about a ceiling’s stability, do not enter the room.
  • Furniture: Place aluminum foil, wood blocks wrapped in a plastic wrap, or plastic saucers between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Open, but do not force, drawers and cabinet doors to dry out interiors.
  • Storage receptacles: Open suitcases and other storage boxes; dry them outside but not in direct sunlight.
  • Artwork: Remove paintings and other artwork to a safe, dry place.
  • Clothing: Dry garments immediately. Hang furs and leathers to dry at room temperature.
  • Make a list and take pictures of all damaged contents.

WHAT TO WAIT ON:

  • Vacuums: Do not use your regular household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
  • Electrical appliances: Do not use TVs, radios, computers or any electrical appliance while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially concrete and tile floors.
  • Ceiling fixtures: Do not switch on any ceiling fixture or fan if the ceiling is wet.
  • Beware of electrical hazards when walking into standing water.
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