Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Old plumbing infrastructure, faulty appliances and leaking roofs -- all different causes of water damage in our homes and businesses. But, regardless of the source of the water, a water intrusion is an intrusion. To help minimize damage and the cost of the restoration and mitigation work, a fast response is necessary.

At SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest our teams respond to water intrusions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year (including holidays). So, Ballard and Greenlake and Fremont (and surrounding areas) are covered. We're in these areas daily responding to water damage events. 

When water damage happens a lot of questions come to mind, 

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • What do I need to be most worried about? (start thinking electrical and "slip and fall"). 
  • What are the things I can and should do, what are the things I should avoid? 

Below are some tips to help you think through the who, what, when, where of mold. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (206) 789-2300

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.