Water Damage Emergency Tips
Water damage to your home is no joke, but determining the next steps after you’ve discovered a water loss can be overwhelming. Not only that, but potential bodily hazards like affected electrical work and slipping are also important to consider. In some situations, it might even be safest to evacuate your home until help from SERVPRO of Upper Darby arrives.
Here are some recommended dos and don’ts to minimize water damage while you wait for SERVPRO to get on-site.
What to Do After Water Damage
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas when access to the panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Gather loose items from floors.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
What NOT to Do After Water Damage
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Don't turn on your television or other household appliances.
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place; hang furs and leather goods.
Why SERVPRO of Upper Darby?
When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need a company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Upper Darby uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help find the moisture and remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.