Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Experiencing Water Damage, whether it's in a residential or commercial property, can be unnerving and disruptive to our everyday lives. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Ask yourself, is it safe to stay in the house? Should I be concerned with electrical and/or "slip and fall" hazards? Should I contact a professional restoration company to assist me? The answers to these questions may differ, depending on the situation but the one answer that will always remain the same is yes, you should contact a professional restoration company such as, SERVPRO to assist you with your water damage. Our experienced technicians have the skills to address the damage quickly and efficiently to help prevent secondary damage such as Mold.
Below are some helpful tips on what to do and what not to do after flooding in your home or office.
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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.