“When the water main broke, it flooded this entire end of the street,” Chloe explained. “I don’t know a single house that wasn’t effected. The water was knee-deep in places – and I’m talking about inside the house! How do you clean up after water damage like that?”
Many people don’t know the do’s and don’ts of handling water damage. We talked to your Sandwich emergency response team, and here’s what they said:
DO: Call for help right away! You’re going to need assistance dealing with any significant water damage. A fast response is essential to minimize the damage to your possessions and your home. Call Service Masters of South Shore right away. Call your homeowner’s insurance company as well: they’ll be able to give you valuable advice about how you need to proceed with repairing your home afterwards.
DON’T: Enter a flooded area for any reason! Our homes are not designed to contain large amounts of water. The risk of electrocution and injury are incredibly high. You can easily fall, get cut, or twist an ankle trying to navigate through flooded areas.
DO: Take pictures to document the damage. Removing standing water from the home is a top priority. If you can safely open doors and windows from outside to let water out of your home, do so. Be careful, however, that you’re not opening the door for more water to come into your home!
DON’T: Give up hope too soon. Your Sandwich water damage team will do their best to salvage as many of your possessions as humanly possible. Carpet cleaning services can restore rugs and carpeting to a fresh, pristine condition. These floor coverings are treated with an anti-microbial agent which keeps mold and mildew from growing. Upholstery recovery services are another option that can be used to save couches, love seats, recliners, and other upholstered furniture.