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Water Damage Emergency Checklist

What To Do Before Help Arrives

When water invades your commercial property, your top priority is to minimize down time and get back to business as soon as possible. At Stanley Steemer, we provide the immediate water repair service you need to accomplish this goal. Our fully trained, certified water restoration specialists respond to your call immediately, using state-of-the-art water extraction and drying equipment to resolve the problem quickly. While no job is too big or too small for us to tackle, there are some things you and your employees can do to minimize the damage until we arrive on the scene. Keep this Stanley Steemer water damage checklist where you can easily find it when water unexpectedly intrudes upon your business.

  • Stop the water by eliminating it at its source, if possible. Obviously, this helps to minimize the damage and keep the costs down.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers that supply electricity to the wet areas and remove small electrical devices from areas with excess water, if it’s safe to do so.
  • Avoid walking on wet carpet. This, too, minimizes the damage.
  • Remove small furnishings from carpeted areas or place aluminum foil under furniture legs. This helps to prevent permanent rust or furniture stains.
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors. This helps to prevent permanent watermarks.
  • Remove any breakables, moisture-sensitive and high-value items, as well as items that may stain floor coverings. This might include articles like books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics and potted plants.
  • Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into unaffected, dry areas. This might require some additional preparation on your part, but it saves time in the long run.
  • Wash your hands after handling affected items. Good personal hygiene is important when dealing with water damage.
  • Avoid the possibility of electrical shock. Don’t let members of your cleaning staff use a vacuum or shop vacuum to remove the water.
  • Avoid the temptation to turn on fans and heating and air conditioning units as they may spread contamination if the situation is sewage-related.

If you don’t know how to clean up water damage—and most people don’t—refer to the Stanley Steemer water damage checklist during an emergency. It also wouldn’t hurt to occasionally review these items so they are fresh in your mind if you’re faced with this unwanted scenario. Knowing what to do until our expert technicians arrive can only help to minimize the overall damage and costs.

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They came out and cleaned my carpets and everything went unbelievably great. I was amazed at how good of a job they did and it was so clean. I have had other cleaners that did not do a good job. I will use Stanley Steemer again soon. Leonard R., Towson, MD

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