ServiceMaster: Cerritos, California

Water Damage Do's and Don't's


    -Use as many dehumidifiers as possible. You must keep the room temperature above 60 degrees to dry it out.
    -Use fans to circulate air to assist drying and resist mildew.
    -Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
    -Wipe furniture dry.
    -Place wood blocks, plastic wrap, or foil between furniture legs and carpet to prevent staining or rusting on carpet.
    -Lift draperies off carpet and hang on drapery rod via looping through a coat hanger.
    -Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying. Check for possible bleeding.
    -Remove orientals or other coverings from wet wall to wall coverings.
    -Open furniture drawers, closet doors, luggage to enhance drying.
    -Remove paintings and art objects to a secure safe location.
    -Punch holes in sagging ceilings to allow water to drain.
    -Remove wet fabrics and dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry seperately at room temperature.
    -Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.
    -If damage is during heating season, leaving heat on; if in summer use air conditioner if available.


    -Use household vacuum to remove water.
    -Use T.V. or appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors.

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Greg Bosch
Last updated: February 9, 2007