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The Importance of Preparing for Water Damage to Strike!

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Preparation is key in life and that goes for water damage too!

On average, major water damage happens at least twice in a person’s adult lifetime.  Whether that being an overflooded toilet, sink, bathtub or something more serious such as sewage or dirty wash water, it is important to be prepared for these things to happen.

First, in preparation for such an event to take place, you may want to think about furniture lifters. These are a ½ to 1 ½ inch plastic lifters that you can put on the bottom of your couches, chairs, dressers and more.  If a flood does happen, you will want to keep your furniture and belongings lifted.  Wood can quickly absorb water and permanent damage can be caused.  Lift your furniture before the water hits!

You will also want to check your machines regularly.  Thousand-dollar damage jobs have been done by a simple loose hose popping off the wash machine.  Machines and equipment that need to be checked regularly are anything that has water running to and from them.  In particular, check your clothes washer and dryer, dish washer, refrigerator, water heater, water pump, septic system, ac unit, and other machines that may leak or have running water to them.

Yet another part of the home to keep an eye on is piping (toilets, sinks, tubs… etc), roofing, window seals and framing.  These are your main issues when it comes down to water damage in your home.  If everyone did monthly checks on these listed above, SERVPRO would not have nearly as much work! 

If disaster does hit, remember, do not enter standing water.  Turn off power and water to the house at the meter by calling the electric company.  Do not enter standing water for any reason as electric currents may run through water and seriously injure or kill someone.  Remove children and other family members from the flooded area and call your local 24 hr emergency water damage crew (such as SERVPRO) and wait till they get there to help you with your issue. 

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