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Water & Flooding Damage Tips

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Affected by Water Damage? We're here to help in Cape May County and Cumberland County.

Did you know that the first 24 hours after a storm causing flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage?

Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until a Franchise Professional arrives.

  • Do not operated any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.

  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.

  • Take caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.

  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.

  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties has responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. Hurricanes Sandy, Matthew, and Katrina and the flooding in Louisiana, Houston, and Mid-Atlantic, to name a few.

Call a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 if you have any water damage questions. We're Here to Help and to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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