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When you walk in, the place looks like Niagara Falls, and you are immediately thrown into the process of restoring the water damage. You are now in a position where you must determine the worth and significance of each and every item affected by the water damage. When most, if not all, of your belongings have been destroyed, choosing which ones to keep can be emotionally challenging. You know intellectually that it is impractical to keep things that have been damaged by water and can’t be fixed or that may not be used again. It will also cost you a lot of money and storage space, but the personal value of family heirlooms is priceless. Still, you should try to be as practical as possible during the water damage restoration process so that you can quickly and effectively restore your life to how it was before the damage.

Perishables and Foods Damaged by Water

Foods and other perishables that have been soiled by direct water contact should not be eaten or disposed of properly. Discard any broken tableware, including glasses, cups, and other kitchen tools, that has come into contact with black water because the item is most likely unfit or unhygienic enough to be used.

Avoid These Items

When repairing water damage, refrain from using any electrical appliances. Operating any electrical appliance while standing on wet carpet or floors that have been damaged by water can be extremely dangerous! A professional technician must first examine your Blu-ray and HD televisions, DVR, TiVo, Google or Apple TV, Microsoft Windows and Apple computers, iPads, AT&T or Verizon iPhones, iPods, Amazon Kindle, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft X-Box, Kinect, Sony Playstation, recent E-Bay purchases, and the rest of your electrical appliances before you can determine which can be kept and which should be replaced.

Don’t Clean Anything

Don’t try to dry your home or building with a blower or anything else that makes heat. This do-it-yourself method won’t get rid of the standing water or excessive moisture that came from the water damage. Instead, it will cause mildew and mold to grow uncontrollably and spread the water further into the building, which could cause even more moisture damage and require a longer restoration process.