Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A Few Do's and Don'ts After Water Damage

Water is important; it makes up 71 percent of the earth and about 60 percent of the human body. Although it's an important element, it sure can wreak havoc on a home or your business. That's why our team at SERVPRO of North Riverside City is available 24/7/365 to assist with all water damage restoration and cleanup. When the unfortunate event of water damage happens to you, there are a few simple steps you can take immediately while you wait for our team of experts:

  1. Cautiously inspect the damage to ensure safety before taking any action. Make note of environmental hazards if applicable. 
  2. Remove furniture, wall hangings or any loose items in the affected area. Rugs, books and any personal items should be moved as soon as possible. 
  3. Disconnect all electronic devices and move them into a different location. Electricity might need to be completely shut off depending on the damage and the water damage source. 
  4. Dry excess water using available air conditioning, fans, dehumidifiers and mops. Opening doors and windows can also improve ventilation and circulation. 

Use these tips and a few more do's and don'ts below to get started on cleanup while you wait for the team at SERVPRO of North Riverside City

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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.