The first thing you should do when you see water damage is determine where the leak originated so you can stop the problem from getting worse. If you suspect a burst pipe, turn off the water supply, and if you spot a leak in the roof, stop it as best you can. If water is seeping into your basement, move items that can be damaged away from the damp area and try to determine the exact location of the seepage. We suggests that you open windows to let fresh air circulate, get some box fans going, and run a dehumidifier as soon as possible.
Once you have taken these basic steps, call 1-877-608-8080 so we can help you through the rest of the process, and handle the professional aspects of your cleanup.
Some more tips to get major water damage under control:
- Mop floors and blot surfaces with towels to remove as much water as possible, and, after removing lamps and other items, wipe water off of wood furniture.
- Remove books, magazines, and all colored items from wet carpets or floors. Throw out any items that are too damaged to use.
- Remove area rugs, and any colored rugs, from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
- Use aluminum foil to separate furniture legs from wet carpeting.
- Hang and/or dry all wet fabrics and clothes.
- Do not use your home vacuum cleaner to remove water from damp carpets or floors. Use only a wet/dry vac.
Remember, in the event of damage from either fire or water ServiceMaster Restore of Brampton, Orangeville and Toronto West stands ready to help, 24 hours a day.