Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Whether a flood in your home is caused by water from the ground, sky, or a malfunctioning system in your home, there are a few things to do within the first 24 hours.


If you must leave your house, you need to ensure that it will be safe for your return. It is important that you check your home for warping, cracks in foundation, or holes. You must also contact the local utility departments if you think there is any to your utility lines. It is important to keep a flashlight with you and turn off all water and electrical sources. 


If the water you are seeing is clear, that does not mean that it is clean. The water you are standing in could be contaminated with sewage or chemicals. It is important to wear waterproof boots, and waders if you are having to walk through water.


Make sure you have taken pictures of the damage. You should notify your agent as soon as you can after the flood occurs. It would be good to keep your agent’s number in your phone. 


Once you are able to access your home, it is time to get the water and possibly any mold that has started to form, out. This is where SERVPRO can help. SERVPRO has highly trained professionals that will make the damage “Like it never even happened.”


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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.