Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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That initial shock, water damage?, is this real?

Most people don't think of water damage happening to them, it's always someone else, until it is them. The statistics don't lie, 37% of homeowners claim they've experienced water damage and it's said that nearly 14,000 people a day experience some sort of water damage event, either at home or work.

When first addressing water damage attitude and next actions are the most important. Attitude, calm and the helpful reminder that water damage can be addressed. Action, do something. Water damage left unaddressed creates more damage. What was at first a contained problem is now a much larger one. 



Below our SERVPRO team has put together tips to help you think through next steps.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (401) 885-6200

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.