Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first.
Please keep these things in mind:
- Is it safe to stay in the house, or to go in the rooms with water damage?
- Are there electrical hazards or areas where "slip and fall" hazards exist?
- Only consider performing work such as moving valuables and items that are clearly safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy and are often times very awkward. Be careful!
- Turn off power to affected rooms via the breaker box. Most breakers are labeled by room.
- Keep an eye out for additional damage. Rooms next door or below may be affected also.
- When in doubt - KEEP OUT !!
And remember to call upon the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Butler County
Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (724) 473-0745
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.