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Whether it's a burst or leaking pipe, or a flooded basement, we hope it never happens to you. But just in case, here are some tips to help you out.

Water damage can get bad fast. Call for professional help right away. (You can call our office for recommendations.) Then call your insurance agent. Next:
Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove we area rugs or other floor coverings not permanently attached.
  • Lift draperies off the floor, loop through a coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
  • Wipe furniture, prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil under furniture legs.
  • Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location.
  • Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to enhance drying.
Do NOT do these things:
  • Don't enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off.
  • Don't use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't lift tacked-down carpet without professional help.
  • Don't use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or flooring.
  • Don't disturb visible mold.
And before disaster strikes, make sure you know what kind of water damage your policy does and doesn't cover. For example, few policies cover water backup in your basement unless you add a special endorsement to your policy.

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