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Steps to take when you have water damage

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The longer that you allow your water damage to sit, the more severe the damage will be

  • Remain calm so your thinking stays clear.
  • Close the water main or shut off any water source so flooding stops.
  • If you can’t stop the leak yourself, call a plumber.
  • Shut down the electrical breaker in damaged areas before unplugging or removing any electrical devices from the wet carpet or submerged areas.
  • Call Green Wave at (316) 619-2136. Available 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Put aluminum foil under legs or feet of any furniture in contact with wet carpet or water to prevent permanent staining.
  • Lift any curtains or draperies away from wet carpet or water.
  • Lift and tack up any upholstered furniture skirts.
  • Remove books, papers, fabrics, shoes, potted plants or other items that are able to stain wet carpet.
  • Call your insurance company. All policies require that homeowners or businesses report their loss “as soon as reasonably possible.”

Avoid doing these things:

  • Using your home vacuum – electrical shock can result, as well as damage to the equipment.
  • Placing newspaper in traffic areas to walk on – newspaper ink transfers easily to wet carpet fibers which results in permanent staining.
  • Walking on wet carpet any more than necessary – this keeps damage from spreading to unaffected areas.

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