Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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It is always an unfortunate circumstance when property owners have to deal with water damage. When stumbling upon standing water, or discovering water damage in an area, find the source of the leakage and seal off the exit point. If you cannot find the source of the leak, contact a qualified party to do so for you. Next, turn off the circuit breakers that could be affected by wet areas that surround the building, so long as it is safe to access the power distribution panel without getting an electrical shock. If you are uncomfortable and unsure of what you should do in regard to water damage, call your local SERVPRO franchise for assistance. 

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What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.