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.

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.