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.