A Layman’s Guide to Apartment Damage

In a perfect world, nothing ever damages your lovely, home-sweet-home apartment. But the world isn’t always perfect. What if something has happened to (or in) your apartment, and you’re not sure what to do about the damage–what’s your next step? We consulted the experts at Servpro Restoration for a few tips.

Water Damage from Clean Water

Here’s what to do:

  • Shut off the source of water, or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas, when access to the panel is safe from electric shock
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

Here’s what not to do:

  • Don’t enter affected areas is electrical equipment is exposed to water
  • Don’t leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet wall-to-wall carpets
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water
  • Don’t use appliances while there is standing water on the floor

Water Damage from Contaminated Water

Here’s what to do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items

And what not to do:

  • Don’t spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas
  • Don’t turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air
  • Don’t use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants
  • Don’t use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas

Damage from Vandalism

Here’s what to do:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from the building exterior as soon as possible
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics, and paints

And what not to do:

  • Don’t attempt to remove ink, paint, or cosmetic stains
  • Don’t operate damaged lamps or appliances
  • Don’t discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces of porcelain, furniture or art objects

Still not sure what to do? Check out Servpro’s website–although here’s hoping you never have occasion to!

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