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Hurricane Ike Swamps Homes and Businesses

September 13, 2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ — As Hurricane Ike moves northward after slamming into the Texas Coast bringing devastating wind and rain to Galveston, Houston and many other cities, the disaster restoration experts at ServiceMaster Clean(R) share the following tips for home and business owners as they return home and begin to clean up after the flooding the storm left behind:

   (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080830/SRVCMSTRLOGO )     What to do if your home or business suffered water damage:    -- If the outside temperature is above 60 degrees, use dehumidifiers if      available.    -- Use fans to circulate the air and assist drying.    -- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.    -- Wipe furniture dry.    -- Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the      hanger on the drapery rod.    -- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood      blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.    -- Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings and open furniture      drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying.    -- Move photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location.    -- Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and      leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.    -- Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.    -- If damage occurs during a cool season, leave heat on; if in summer, use      an air conditioner if available.    

Do not wait to call for professional help. Damage from the water and bacteria growth can begin within hours. Water damage restoration is an emergency business. That’s why ServiceMaster Clean(R) is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Water damage claims increase substantially if prompt action is not taken to contain the damage. Call ServiceMaster Clean at 1-800-RESPOND (737-7663). In the meantime, here are some ways to protect your family from dangerous situations until a disaster professional arrives:

   Important warnings on water damage:   1.) Do not use an ordinary household vacuum to remove water.   2.) Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors.   3.) Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still       on.   4.) Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the       carpet incorrectly could promote shrinkage.  

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CONTACT: Gina Evans Kamler, ServiceMaster Clean, +1-901-597-1380,gina.kamler@servicemaster.com

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