Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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.
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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.