Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Is it safe to stay in the house? That is probably the first question you ask yourself when a pipe break causes significant water damage. The first thing you want to do is check the safety of electrical and potential hazardous slip and fall areas to provide safety for your family or workers present in the home. The content of the home can be very heavy when wet. The water damage can be extremely stressful but leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Park Ridge, N. Rosemont & S. Des Plaines. Our technicians are trained to provide processes for any size water disaster.
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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.