WHAT TO DO WHEN WATER DAMAGE OCCURS
Broken pipes, leaky appliances and heavy rainstorms can teach an unexpected lesson on the destructive power of water. A little knowledge about what to do, combined with quick action, can help salvage your home and personal items. One unforeseeable release of water and suddenly your home and furnishings are in serious peril. A little knowledge about what to do, combined with quick action can help salvage your home and personal items.
In most cases, only a professional can repair water-damaged flooring and furnishings. Do not attempt to treat these items yourself- that may only contribute to the problem and cause further damage.
The IICRC recommends the following actions to minimize damage while waiting for help to arrive:
Foremost, stop the water leak and attend to obvious safety hazards, like electrical shock and personal injury from slips and falls.
Increase airflow with open windows, fans, and heating and air conditioning systems.
Open doors, drawers, cupboards and closets to maintain optimal air circulation and promote drying.
Move furnishings out of wet areas or protect furniture legs from absorption and damage with triple-folded aluminum foil.
Hang up draperies and pin up upholstery skirts to prevent water rings; allow leather items to dry at room temperature.
Wash wet clothes, sheets and linens immediately and hang cleanable fabrics up to dry.
Do not store damp items in plastic bags where mold can grow.
Contact a certified water restoration firm to preserve your home and furnishings from the destructive effect of water. Trained technicians, using professional inspecting and drying equipment can identify hidden water pockets and dry both your structure and furnishings to acceptable industry standards.
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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the foremost authority in certification and standard setting for the cleaning, restoration, and inspection industry since 1972. With over 41,504 certified technicians and over 4418 certified firms representing eleven countries, the IICRC is the leading resource for trained floor covering inspectors, interior textile care, hard surface, and restoration professionals. By administering a strict process of certification, the IICRC provides a means by which consumers can receive the highest quality of service from trained, knowledgeable, professional technicians.
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