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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

A Shocking Surprise

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

You’d be surprised how often we receive calls about water damage in churches, vacation homes, or even homes where the homeowners were gone for only a few days. The likelihood (as well as level of severity) of damage occurring when no one is around increases because there is no one to report the damage, stop it, or slow it down. At least when someone is home, they can turn off the water or make a phone call. What about when you’re not around; what are some solutions?

Learn how to shut off your utility supply lines

This solution may sound simple, but in an emergency, you may become flustered or question yourself. Or, if you know but your neighbor or house sitter doesn’t, how do you explain to them how to shut off the water? This simple trick can prevent a lot more damage, as well as less of a water bill. We suggest using a bright tag on the water shut off, as well as on other shut offs, such as gas or propane.

Areas of common flood damage

We see flood damage occur in kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms due to the use of appliances such as refrigerators, washers, and toilets. We have even seen damage from dryers and water heaters catching fire. This sort of damage happens due to appliance malfunction; holding onto receipts for expensive items will help you in the long run if you ever file a claim due to the damage they cause. We don’t recommend running any appliances while you are gone, and you should always have utilities temporarily disabled or turned off if no one will be home for at least a week.

If you find yourself in a water damage situation, give SERVPRO of Lancaster a call immediately. Click here to discover more about our water damage experts, who work day and night when your home has been in flames or put under water.

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