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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Cleaning Up Water Damage

There are few things so universal and yet dreaded as water damage. Because we all have water coursing through our Greensboro homes to help us with our daily lives, it is inevitable that a leak or pipe burst or other unforeseen event will lead to water damage from time to time. So, rest easy; because we all have to deal with it at some time or another and we can learn from the experiences of others and handle our own water damage emergencies like pros. So, you’re a homeowner who has sustained some water damage and you’re unsure what to do next? You’ve come to the right place. We at Restoration 1 of Durham are happy to present some handy do’s and don’ts for your water damage cleanup plan: 

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  • Act fast. Urgency here is critical. Every minute that water sits in your home can lead to increased structural damage and decreased chances of full restoration. 
  • Call a professional early on. This ought to be a first step, not a last resort. That way, help can be on its way while you do preliminary cleanup and you will not waste time waiting for help to arrive. 
  • Be careful not to come into contact with contaminated water. Water does not have to be discolored to be contaminated; it could be from a burst laundry pipe or standing ground water. Exercise caution.
  • Assess the source of the water if it is safe to do so. Sometimes, nipping a flood in the bud can be as simple as identifying that water is coming from a certain pipe and cutting off water supply to that portion of your home. 
  • Remove rugs and other loose belongings, as they can cause staining. In addition, it can be useful to place dry plywood or foil under the legs of furniture to avoid them from just sitting on wet carpet. 


  • Risk electricity dangers. Be very careful if operating appliances including fans, space heaters, or wet vacuums. We would recommend shutting off electricity to affected areas if you are unsure. 
  • Forget to remove anything from the damaged area that is valuable to you or your family. 
  • Try to undergo all restoration on your own. You may be tempted, especially if your water damage emergency seems small and manageable. This is dangerous because even small instances, not taken care of properly, can lead to irreversible damage and mold growth. Calling a professional is actually an investment and will ensure that your damage is taken care of properly. In addition, you’ll have peace of mind. 

With the proper execution, you can turn water damage from a scary disaster into an unfortunate inconvenience. We’d recommend having a sense of urgency. You also need expertise. If you want to hire someone with both, go ahead and give Restoration 1 of Durham in Greensboro a call. Our 24 hour service and experts will attack the problem and find you a solution – all while minimizing damages. After all, we see you as our family. Let us restore what is important to you and yours.

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