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Water Damage Tips

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Minimizing Water Damage:

Water Damage in Maine

What To Do During a Water Loss

Next Steps:

  • Shut off the water to the source of the loss.
  • Remove as much water as safely possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings that are not tacked or glued down. Do not attempt to start removing wall-to-wall carpet.
  • 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 or elevate furniture from water exposure.
  • Move photos, paintings and art objects and personal items to a safe, dry location.
  • Do not remove books from shelves. Rather, pack them tightly to prevent warping of pages until a restoration professional can begin this specialized drying.
  • Open drawers, closet and cabinet doors to enhance drying.
  • Speak to your insurance agent or representative to fully understand your coverage.

Please AVOID The Following:

  • Do not enter a room with standing water until you are certain all sources of electricity have been turned off and there is no danger of electrocution.
  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not lift tacked-down carpet without professional help.
  • Do not use any electrical appliances while on wet carpet or flooring.
  • Do not disturb or attempt to remove visible mold.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures, such as fans or lights, if ceiling is wet, and stay out of rooms where ceilings are wet and/or sagging.


ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration is available 24/7/365 to return your home or business back to normal after a water loss. We have trained and certified personnel and over 100 years combined experience.

Call anytime: (207) 537-4452

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