Broken pipes, leaky appliances and heavy rainstorms can teach an sudden 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 severe danger.  A small amount of knowledge about what to do, shared with quick action can help save your home and personal items.

In almost all cases, only a professional can restore water-damaged flooring and furniture.  Do not try to take care of these items yourself, that may only add to the problem and cause more damage.

 The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) 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 expert.

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