Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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And so, the very thing you thought wouldn't happen did. We typically think about catastrophic damage happening to other people in other places. But, at times, the water damage comes knocking right at our door.

Water damage is more prevalent than you may think. The statistics tell the story: 37% of homeowners claim they've experienced water damage, the average life span of a washing machine hose is 8.7 years, and about 14,000 people a day experience some sort of water damage event, either at home or work.

The point is: water damage happens, even to regular folks. 

Your initial response to water damage should be composure and action. And, action is important. The longer water damage is allowed to sit and fester the greater the damage becomes.

Below our SERVPRO team has put together tips to help you think through next steps.

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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.