MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - June 26, 2016) - ServiceMaster Restore has mobilized additional crews from across the nation to West Virginia to help with the widespread flooding cleanup efforts, and its experts are offering important advice for residents who are unsure what to do in the face of significant water damage to their homes or businesses.
"Safety is a huge concern when entering a flooded property," said Peter Duncanson, director of system development, ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest disaster restoration companies in the United States and a ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE) company. "Given the amount of water the area has received, I suggest reaching out to the local disaster restoration experts for help in the cleanup. It is critical for home and business owners to know exactly what to do -- and what not to do -- when dealing with water damage."
ServiceMaster Restore experts outline what to do in the event your home or business sustain water damage:
If the outside temperature is above 80 degrees, use dehumidifiers if available.
Use fans to circulate the air and assist drying.
Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
Wipe furniture dry.
Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.
Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings and open furniture drawers, closet doors and luggage to enhance drying.
Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible.
Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.
The disaster restoration experts at ServiceMaster can guide you through the process with your insurance company, ensure your home is properly taken care of and restore your home back to its normal state.
ServiceMaster Restore is trained, equipped and ready to restore homes and businesses before, during and after any water-related issues. With a number of regionally based large-loss command and control centers and 1,800 franchises worldwide, ServiceMaster Restore can mobilize across the country to handle any size job.