Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
When you notice that you have just had a water damage, here are a few tips from SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown you should be aware of before help arrives. Safety should be your main priority.
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breaks for wet areas of the building/home when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers and other sensitive valuable to a dry place.
- Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
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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.