Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Experiencing water damage of any kind can be overwhelming. Whether it’s from a sump-pump that backed up or a burst pipe, the damage can be devastating. Within just a few minutes damage begins. That is why it is critical to call SERVPRO of The Southtowns immediately after you discover water damage. Our trained professionals know how to locate and help stop the source water (we can work with a plumber to stop the source), test for damage, and properly dry out the affected area. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
Let the professionals at SERVPRO of The Southtowns handle the rest!
Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (716) 646-6684
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.