Water Damage Tips
FIre, Smoke and Water Damage Clean Up in Northern Virginia


Within hours after disaster strikes, water damage and bacteria growth can begin. Increase your chances of a complete recovery by calling ServiceMaster of Centreville/Clifton in Sterling, Virginia as soon as possible.

To help ensure a successful restoration, there are a few things you can do while you wait.


What to do:

  • Call ServiceMaster of Centreville/Clifton,Ashburn,Herndon immediately.
  • Remove as much water as possible yourself, by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove wet area rugs or removable floor coverings. Do not attempt to remove wall-to-wall carpeting yourself.
  • Be sure no draperies are touching the floor. Loop over curtain rod using a coat hangar or whatever is available.
  • Wipe off furniture, prop up furniture cushions and place aluminum foil under furniture legs.
  • Move photos, paintings, etc. to a safe, dry location if possible.
  • Do not remove books from shelves. But, be sure they are packed tightly together to prevent warping until a restoration professional can use their specialized method of drying.
  • Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to help enhance drying.






   What not to do:

  • Do not enter a room with standing water in it until all electricity has been turned off.
  • Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not attempt to lift tacked down carpet without professional help.
  • Do not use electrical appliances when carpet or flooring is still wet.
  •  Do not touch or disturb any visible mold.

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