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Care for Water-Damaged Belongings

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Care for Water-Damaged Belongings

Whether heavy storms create water in-home or a broken pipe floods the basement, it only takes minutes for your belongings to become water-logged and damaged. The good news is that Olympia, WA, water cleanup and remediation professionals can arrive quickly to prevent further damage to your home.


Clean and Dry Your Possessions
While professionals handle the bulk of the cleanup, there are several things you can do to salvage your belongings. One of the first things you should consider is the type of water affecting your home. If the water in the home comes from the sewer, it's best not to handle anything without first discussing possible contamination with professionals. If the water is from your sink or a broken pipe, however, you can start by cleaning your items:

  • Remove belongings from the wet area of your home.
  • Sort items according to how you'll wash them: dry cleaning, laundering, or spraying them off with a hose are some basic categories.
  • Consider applying a disinfectant when appropriate. For example, you can clean off surfaces with disinfecting wipes from the grocery store.
  • Place your belongings in a dry area with plenty of airflow until they are thoroughly dry.


Treat Books and Paperwork With Care
Some of your possessions, such as books and electronics, can be harder to clean. You may need to involve professionals to preserve these items. For example, photo albums and meaningful family documents can be salvaged but could easily be damaged. Let paper goods air-dry or store them in a freezer until you can give them to a professional.


Turn Electronics Over to Professionals
It's easy to damage electronics once they've been affected by water. Never plug-in devices after they've been in water. Instead, move them to a dry area and then contact a computer repair shop or talk to the water damage repair technicians.


Protect Belongings From Water
When you have water in-home, it's normal to experience confusion and frustration. After contacting repair professionals, take steps to clean and dry your belongings by using effective, prescribed methods.

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