Emergency Fire and Water Damage Tips
In a fire damage situation, it is important to limit movement in the home to prevent further damage. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces. Talk with your SERVPRO of High Point Franchise Professional. Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with your SERVPRO of High Point Franchise Professional. Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.
In a water damage situation, shut off the water source if possible. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature. Remove oriental or other rugs from wet carpeting. Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water. Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.