Water Damage Tips
Water damage can occur as a result of storms, burst pipes, leaky pipes, stopped drains, broken appliances, roof leaks, sewage backups, and many other problems. Even worse, some kinds of water damage—particularly those coming from overflowing bodies of water or sewage systems—can contain hazardous contaminants and require special handling.
Fortunately, Wisconsin’s Kelmann Restoration has the necessary equipment to successfully mitigate the damage. The minute you discover the damage to your residential or commercial property, give us a call. In the meantime, here are some tips for minimizing the damage.
- Ventilate wet areas. During the summer, turn on air conditioning for faster drying (but only if there’s no visible mold growth.) In winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
- Remove water from flat surfaces with sponges.
- Pull up wet rugs and carpets if hardwood floors are below.
- Move computers, electronics, and any additional valuables to a dry environment.
- Remove lamps and other items from wet furniture surfaces.
- Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying. However, do not force stuck drawers or doors to open.
- Place valuable books and documents in a freezer to slow mold growth until proper drying begins.
- Prevent carpet staining by placing foil squares, saucers, wood, or Styrofoam blocks under furniture.
- As soon as possible, call Kelmann for emergency drying services and water damage cleanup.
- Do NOT enter rooms where there is a wet and sagging ceiling!
- Do NOT operate vacuums, computers, or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors—particularly wet concrete floors. Serious injury could occur.
- Do NOT use heat to dry closed building interiors. Mildew and more moisture damage can occur.
- Do NOT leave wet fabrics in place. Space them apart to dry.