How to Restore Water Damage

            The process of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage is referred to as water damage restoration (Wikipedia, 2009). Water damage can come from many sources including plumbing leaks, equipment failure (washing machine, dishwasher, hot water heater, icemaker, and air conditioner), and structure failure (roof, rain gutters, and grouted shower walls or floors). When occurrences like this happen, when it is safe to do so, try to turn off the water source and then immediately contact your insurance company. Most insurance companies provide services for crisis matters like this, but if not there are several professional businesses, like Payless Carpet Cleaners, that provide water damage restoration services in the standards of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) (Wikipedia, 2009). The specialist will extract the water and being the drying process to avoid further damage e and the possibility of mold.

            If you did not know, there is an actual science behind restoration. There is more involved than simply opening doors and windows and removing soaked rugs. Be sure that your technician is using most advanced restoration and inspection tools such as the infrared camera, which can efficiently detect water. It is the scientific standard for monitoring, detecting, and controlling water damage. Here are some emergency tips to help you:

·         Remove as much water as possible by moping or sweeping

·         Wipe furniture dry and block it up to allow the base to dry

·         Lift draperies off the carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod

·         Remove wet area rugs or other loose floor covering

·         Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying

·         Move photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe dry location

·         Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible

·         Remove damp books from shelves and spread them out to dry

·         Do not use ordinary household vacuums to remove water

·         Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors

·         Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on

·         Do not life tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly could damage the backing

            For more information, please refer to Payless Carpet Cleaners at or by telephone at (305)503-5868 or (954)671-1050.


Water damage restoration (n.d.) Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. Retrieved January 21, 2009


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