Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water damage can be devastating to your home or commercial building. The first concern when this occurs should always be the safety of yourself and others in the building. Here are a few things to keep in mind when water damage is initially recognized:

  • Stay vigilant about possible electrical and "slip and fall" hazards in the building
  • Assess the safety risk of the disaster and decide whether or not it is safe to remain in the building while SERVPRO arrives
  • Materials can become extremely heavy when saturated with water. Make sure to be careful when moving the contents of your home or commercial building

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (414) 421-3500

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (414) 421-3500

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.