Many residents of Fitchburg, Wisconsin remember all too well the flooding that occurred the past couple of years. Due to severe storms, combined with geographical strains on natural outlets, Lake Barney has swelled and overflowed multiple times within the past couple of years, leaving citizens worried about their properties for the future. Whether extensive or minor, water damage can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know if what you’re doing is helping or hurting the situation. Here are 3 things to make sure not to do after your house has been affected by water damage:
Don’t Get In The Water
If the water flowing into your home is due to a hot water heater or washing machine break, or an overflowing bathtub, the chances of that water being clean and safe is pretty good. But water from outside sources or from sewage backups is likely to be contaminated and very hazardous to humans and to animals. To be safe, stay out of the water until a professional water damage restoration company has arrived and has deemed the area safe. If the water is contaminated, the experts will take measures to disinfect and sanitize any affected areas.
Don’t Vacuum Up the Water
Regular, household vacuums are useful in most carpet-cleaning circumstances that require daily or weekly upkeep. But the vacuum that you use to suck up dirt and cereal isn’t going to be the same vacuum that professionals use to absorb water from your flooring. It may seem to make sense that the household vacuum could just use suction to absorb the water, and you could dump the canister once it became full. Unfortunately, by doing this, you could completely break the inner mechanisms of your vacuum, and you put yourself in danger of electric shock or electrocution, as it is not equipped to prevent the water from encountering any wiring.
The biggest mistake you can make after experiencing water damage in your home is hoping that it will dry on its own. The rate of evaporation will depend on the amount of water, how far it has spread, the temperature of the room and the house, the materials affected, etc. Without proactive steps by restoration professionals, long-lasting damage can ruin wood flooring, linoleum, and the entire structure of your property,
Knowing what to do and what not to do might be difficult, especially during a time of crisis and stress, like after a flood. To keep yourself and your family safe, call our water damage restoration experts for help, and step-by-step guidance.
White Knight Carpet Rescue, Inc. is a water damage restoration service company located in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The locally owned and operated company is committed to providing some of the highest restoration services in the industry and maintains its satisfaction guarantee. Referred to as “knights in shining armor”, our water damage restoration experts are committed to providing the highest quality service in the industry, and do this by investing in detailed training and equipment for their technicians, using only the best industry products on the market, and providing unsurpassable customer service. Such high standards have allowed White Knight to be IICRC, ICRA, MCRA, and SCRT certified and has led to an almost entirely referral-based business. Our Emergency Response Team (ERT) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency water damage restoration, and maintains a 1 hour or less response time.
With certified and specialized technicians, a vast selection of cleaning and damage services for both residential and commercial buildings, and free estimates for all restoration projects, we have been the restoration service that local residents could depend on since 1990.
Explaining all the things to do and not to do is important in preparation for potential flooding. But sometimes, in times of danger and stress, remembering all details of water damage safety can be frustrating. Luckily, the only thing you need to remember is to call our water damage restoration experts and they’ll remember the rest.