Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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If your home has flooding or a leak, you need to act fast. When water is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, it can lead to staining, mold growth, and even structural damage. However, safety should come first, so it's important to know what you should and shouldn't do when you have water in your home.

SERVPRO of Iredell County has more than a decade of experience cleaning and restoring water-damaged homes. Our IICRC-certified technicians follow a scientific approach to drying and restoring wet areas in your home. This is why we've compiled some tips to help you manage while our expert team is on the way!

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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.