Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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You do not have to be in a flood zone to be affected by a flood. In fact, flooding can happen anywhere and anytime. You could have flood damage to your home due to too much rain, or from an overflowing river.You could even fall victim to a flood by your neighbors pool breaking when a tree branch comes crashing down on it during a storm. No matter how floor damage occurs, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa trained and knowledgeable staff will be there for you every step of the way. When dealing with a flood your first concern should always be the safety of yourself and your family. Below are some do and don't tips to keep you safe until help arrives. 

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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.