Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Here are some water damage tips for restoring your contents and structure:

  1. Safety first: Before attempting to clean up water damage, make sure that it is safe to enter the affected area. Turn off the power if necessary, wear protective gear such as gloves and a mask, and make sure the area is well-ventilated.
  2. Remove standing water: Use a wet/dry vacuum or mop to remove any standing water. The sooner you can remove the water, the less damage it will cause.
  3. Dry out the affected area: Use fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows to help dry out the affected area. The longer moisture is allowed to remain, the more damage it will cause. You can also use towels or a squeegee to remove excess water.
  4. Inspect for mold: Mold can grow quickly in moist environments, so it's important to inspect for signs of mold growth. If you notice any mold, give SERVPRO of Rocky Mount a call at (252) 977-9444.
  5. Hire a professional restoration company: For more severe water damage, it's important to hire a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Rocky Mount. They have the expertise and equipment to effectively restore your contents and structure to their pre-damage condition.

Remember, the longer water damage is allowed to remain, the more damage it will cause. So it's important to act quickly and follow these tips to restore your contents and structure as soon as possible.

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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.