Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After your home or business suffers water damage, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Only enter after the local authorities say it’s safe to do so
  • Look for and avoid any electrical and "slip and fall" hazards
  • Be sure what you’re planning to do on your water-damaged property is a safe activity
  • Take care if you’re moving wet materials. They can be dangerously heavy.

Read SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield’s recommendations below. For more details, many of our blog posts (like Water Damage Dangers) provide specifics.  We’ve helped many homeowners and business owners who suffered roof leaks, flood damage, sewer backups, frozen pipes, and other water damage events. That’s one reason why SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is one of the top 50 franchises (out of 1800) in the SERVPRO family.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (860) 216-2785

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.