Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
- Locate water shut off.
- Stay clear of any electrical & slip & fall hazards.
- Identify source of water damage and repair if necessary.
- Relocate or protect valuable contents from affected areas.
- Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Paulding/Polk Counties.
- Begin mitigation with restoration partner on-site to preserve, secure, and restore your property to good working order.
Continue reading for additional dos and don’ts for cleaning up after a water damage event.
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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.