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Dos & Don’ts when Faced with a Water Damage in Columbia

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Columbia when you are faced with a water damage.

Imagine, you come home from a long day of work and are ready to relax and unwind. You head downstairs to grab some food from the freezer for dinner and notice all the water in your newly remodeled basement. Not the relaxing evening you were imagining. What do you do? 


  • Call your local restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Columbia.
  • Find the source of the water and shut it off, if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the source of the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.


  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical equipment, electrical outlets, circuit breakers, or switches are exposed to water.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water. It could possibly cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors. They may cause staining.

If you experience a water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Columbia. We cover Boone and Howard counties. Our professional technicians are trained and understand how to manage the drying process. We never expect a water damage to happen, but if it does, call the team that can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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