Proper Water Cleanup – The First Line of Defense
Time is against you when you’ve had a water disaster. The longer it takes to remove the water and clean affected surfaces, the greater the chance of mold growth. That’s why it is important that water cleanup begins within a few short hours of the problem.
Water cleanup is just one phase of the entire water restoration process, and requires ServiceMaster Restore® technicians trained in advanced procedures with the right equipment for the highest level of cleaning performance.
The water recovery process has three main phases:
Emergency Response – which includes an inspection of the areas affected and assessment of the damage.
Water Removal and Drying – the team will begin extracting the water from the affected areas using specialized water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers and air movers. Removing all occurrences of water is important, and sometimes takes days.
Reinstallation and Cleaning – this is the phase where the ServiceMaster team does everything possible to restore your home/building and contents to its earlier state, so you can have stress-free days, knowing that everything has been done to treat and protect your home.
Follow these steps below to help keep the damage to a minimum:
- Damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours. Call for professional help, and begin to remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Do not enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off. Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or flooring, and do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not lift tacked-down carpet without professional help. Above all, do not disturb visible mold.
- Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings not permanently attached. Do not attempt to start removing your wall-to-wall carpet.
- Lift draperies off the floor, loop through a coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod. Wipe furniture, prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place a small cup or dish under furniture legs.
- Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location. Open drawers, closet and cabinet doors to enhance drying.
Some items, like books and collectibles, require specialized treatment, so wait for the water cleanup team before you try to do too much on your own.
~ Water Cleanup Satisfaction ~Personnel were all pleasant, prompt, well informed and equipped to do the job. There was an unusual sense of urgency to make sure things were done well and acceptable to the client. A very good experience. The Project Manager, Julie, was especially gracious and a tribute to your Company.
~ Guy B., Canfield, OH