Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
In the event of water damage, SERVPRO of Abilene wants our customers to stay safe. Here are some important emergency water damage tips that SERVPRO of Abilene encourages our customers to review:
Shut of your water source or contact a qualified person to do it for you.
Turn off circuit breakers when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
Mop up as much of the excess area as you can.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Move paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. You want to avoid electrical shock hazards.
Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; and do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
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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.