Water Resources

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Water Damage can result from many different causes such as toilet overflows, pipe leaks and bursts, sewage back-ups and floods. Safety actions are essential to ensure no further damages are sustained to the building structure or injuries to individuals affected. We have provided resources regarding both flood situations and sewage back-ups below.


Some water damage can develop slowly, while other flooding, such flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes without visible signs of rain. Below are actions that should, and should not, be taken following a flood situation.

:: Tips if you experience flood damage in your property ::


  • Remove yourself, other people and pets from affected areas
  • If water leak is caused by plumbing line, shut off water at the main
  • Call Jim Black Construction to begin the restoration process
  • Call your insurance company to file a claim
  • Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • Photograph as much of the damage as possible
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by mopping and sponging
  • Remove all items from wet furniture tops
  • Place aluminum foil squares or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid furniture staining
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mold growth until professional drying can be performed


Do Not…

  • Enter a room with standing water unless you have turned off electricity at the breaker box
  • Operate televisions, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible
  • Use heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded damage may result


High on the list of situations no individual wants to experience is a sewer backup or overflow. Sewage contains bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that can cause illnesses if you do not take the proper precautions. Call Jim Black Construction as soon as you notice sewage or floodwaters. The longer that sewage remains in your home, the greater the potential for illness and damage to your home.

:: Tips if you experience sewage backups in your property ::


  • Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas
  • Call a plumber as soon as possible
  • Call Jim Black Construction to start restoration process
  • Call your insurance agent to discuss property coverage


  • Track contaminated material into undamaged areas
  • Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter cleaning products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces

Additional Water Resources

Be Safe! Visit www.cdc.gov Indoor Air Quality Association The Clean Trust (formally IICRC) Guide and reference for water damage restoration

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