Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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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.