Water damage is progressive and items that could be restored within the first 48 hours of the water damage may not be restored if emergency response is delayed.
Although you might be tempted to use a shop vacuum or call a company that only has equipment to dry carpet, you should consider that water will wick up walls and travel under base molding and sill plates. It will penetrate through floor coverings into sub-floors, even causing water damage in rooms below. Structures that are not dried out quickly and properly can become a food source for mold growth, which may eventually require costly professional mold removal.
In the event of water damage, do the following:
• Stay calm!
• Turn off the breaker in the damaged area before you unplug or remove any electrical devices that are located on the wet carpet.
• Place aluminum foil under the legs of any furniture that is in contact with the wet carpet. This might help prevent furniture stains on your carpet.
• Lift and tie draperies up and away from wet carpet.
• Pin up upholstered furniture skirts which may get wet.
• Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, and other items from the area, as they may stain wet carpet.
Do not attempt to do any of the following:
• Don’t use your home vacuum, since electrical shock may result, as well as certain damage to the equipment itself.
• Don’t place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on, since newspaper ink transfers easily to the wet carpet fibers and may result in permanent staining.
• Don’t walk on carpet any more than necessary. This will keep the damage from spreading to unaffected areas.
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