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What to Do In Case of Water Damage

Posted: 30 Mar, 2015 by:

Suffering from the aftermath of a severe leak?   Whether it’s your roof, windows or basement that needs clean up and repair here’s what to do in case of water damage, including finding a dehumidifier rental in Charleston SC.

1. If it’s immediately after the pipes broke and the water has poured out, the first thing you should do is stop the water. Shut off the main water valve, the natural gas and electricity to help prevent anymore damage from occurring. If your carpet or flooring is wet, do not use any electrical appliances until all the water is gone in order to prevent electrocution. Make sure everyone in the house knows where the shut off valve and circuit breaker is for instances like these.

2. Afterwards, get the water out as quickly as you can and get your belongings to a dry location. Get up as much water as you can with a dehumidifier or by mopping or wiping with towels. Remove area rugs, wash your clothes, and strategically place fans to circulate the air and help everything dry. Fast and safe action will help prevent further damage, help you save more of your belongings and minimize time and cost of repairs.

3. Next, you should call your landlord or a plumber and file a claim as soon as possible. If you have renter’s insurance, document and photograph the damage to show to your landlord. Finally, we’d recommend renting a dehumidifier to help absorb the water and prevent any more damage. Water damage can be detrimental and costly, so it’s definitely worth finding a dehumidifier rental in Charleston, SC!


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