Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water damage can result from various causes, including broken pipes, flooding, storm damage, and clogged sewer pipes.  Regardless of the cause, a timely response is critical.  First, stop the water from leaking anymore.  This will likely require you to know the location of water shut-off valves so it is wise to know where these are in your home or business.  Second, remove as much water as possible using whatever means you have available.  Now would probably be a good time to call SERVPRO. Third, we will remove damaged material that will not be able to be salvaged.  This may include sheetrock, flooring, or insulation.  Finally, dry the area completely.  SERVPRO uses industrial-grade dehumidifiers and fans.  We also use moisture monitors to verify that all of the water is gone.

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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.