The aftermath of a disaster is often more devastating than the initial disaster. Afterwards, it’s understandable that many people feel like they lost control. But consider this: you control the damage restoration to your possessions. Time is the most important factor in repairing any damage, so calling United Water Restoration Group is highly recommended.

Keep in mind that bacteria growth can begin within hours. Do not remove books from shelves; instead pack them tightly to prevent warping of pages. Most carpets can withstand water for up to three days, but immediate response is a key factor. Put draperies through a coat hanger and place it on the drapery rod to help naturally dry them. Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage, and move photos, paintings, and art objects to a dry place.

DO NOT enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off and DO NOT use a regular household vacuum to remove water. Wood can naturally hold water; up to 10% depending on the type of floor. Wood can absorb another 5–10% without showing any noticeable effects. But within a few days, wood floors will expand, causing cupping or crowning. Quick emergency response is critical.