If you’ve experienced a flood or any kind of extreme water damage, the first thing to do is call a professional. Trying to take care of water extraction in Alpharetta yourself can be hazardous to your health, and you can even unintentionally cause further damage to your property. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around helplessly doing nothing while waiting for the emergency flood cleanup pros to arrive. Here are a few things you can do while you wait to help minimize the damage to your property.
If you’ve located the flow of water and can safely stop it, that’s the first thing you should do. This could include stopping water flow to a particular area in your home or stopping the water main line to your property all together. However, if there’s any risk of electrocution or other safety hazards, don’t risk it; wait for the professionals.
You’ll also want to unplug or remove any electronics from the affected area, but first you must turn off the breaker. This will greatly reduce any chance of electrocution while you attempt to save your electronics. However, if the floodwater includes any raw sewage or other hazardous materials, it’s not worth the health risks.
You might have many valuables in the affected area that don’t have anything to do with electricity and you just want to save them from further water damage. If you can safely reach them, go for it! You can also help prevent staining by putting aluminum foil under furniture legs, along with removing other fabrics, shoes, books, or anything that could possibly leave stains behind. Just make sure to walk on the affected carpet as little as possible.
As always, leave the work to professionals if there are any potential health or electrocution risks. They are highly trained and experienced in emergency water removal.