Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water damage looks very different depending on your loss. Sometimes it can be a water leak, a flood, sewage backup, and even heavy rainstorms. No matter the cause of the damage the root of the problem is water. Here are some immediate measures that you can take that will keep you safe and help you save money in the long term. We suggest:

  • Call a SERVPRO technician immediately, this will ensure standing water is dried as soon as possible to avoid mold spread.
  • If a flood is present turn off the power. Due to the safety for the residence in the home.
  • During pipe leaks it is best to turn off the main water valve, it is also important to know ahead of time where this is located in your home.

For more tips please read our Water Damage blog that goes into more detail on what to do during these emergencies.

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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.