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Dealing with Water Damage: Tips from SERVPRO® of Allentown Central & Western Lehigh County. 

5/16/2024 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your home or business unexpectedly, causing stress and potential long-term issues if not addressed promptly. At SERVPRO of Allentown, we're dedicated to helping our community manage and recover from water damage efficiently and effectively. Here are some crucial tips to help you navigate this challenging situation:

  1. Act Quickly: Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. The longer water sits, the more damage it can cause to your property and belongings. If you experience flooding or a major leak, contact professionals immediately to start the mitigation process.

  2. Safety First: Ensure your safety before dealing with water damage. Turn off electricity to avoid potential electrical hazards, especially if water has reached electrical appliances or outlets. Wear protective gear, such as gloves and boots, when entering affected areas.

  3. Document the Damage: Take photos and make a detailed list of damaged items for insurance purposes. Proper documentation will help streamline the claims process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

  4. Remove Excess Water: If it's safe, start removing standing water using mops, buckets, or a wet/dry vacuum. For severe flooding, professional water extraction equipment is necessary to prevent further damage.

  5. Dry and Dehumidify: Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the affected areas. Proper drying is essential to prevent mold growth, which can begin within 24-48 hours of water exposure.

  6. Inspect for Mold: Mold can pose serious health risks and spread quickly in damp environments. If you suspect mold growth, contact professionals for a thorough inspection and remediation.

  7. Prevent Future Damage: Identify the source of the water damage and take steps to prevent future incidents. This could involve fixing leaks, improving drainage, or installing a sump pump.

At SERVPRO of Allentown Central & Western Lehigh County, we have the expertise and equipment to handle any water damage situation, from minor leaks to major floods. Our team is ready to respond 24/7 to help restore your property to its pre-damage condition. Trust us to make it "Like it never even happened."

For more information or immediate assistance, contact SERVPRO of Allentown Central & Western Lehigh County today.

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