Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Water damage prevention tips:
- Secure toilet seats when there are children and pets present
- Insulate pipes
- Shut off hose bibs and sprinkler systems prior to bad weather
- Do not take run a bath when you are tired or intoxicated (We got more bathtub overflows than one would think)
- Maintain your roof and gutters to ensure they are free of moss and debris
- Know where you main water shut off is
- Put a bucket under any active leaks until professionals arrive
- Call your local SERVPRO if you see evidence of a water loss
- Do let faucets drip when the temperature is freezing. This helps stop pipes from freezing
- Do make sure you do not leave electronics on the floor.
- Do not go near frayed wires or electrical outlets
- Do not try to mitigate the water loss, call a professional as soon as possible.
- Do not use a household vacuum to remove excess water
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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.