Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Many homeowners mistakenly believe that there is nothing that they can do to reduce the severity of water loss incidents that occur until help arrives. In truth, some steps can get taken both to reduce the spread and severity of standing water concerns and to protect the treasures in your home that you value the most. Even with our central location to reach Brooklyn or Carroll Gardens structures within hours of your initial call, there are steps that you can take to help your home until our SERVPRO team gets there. 

  • Remove items and belongings in the line of migrating water
  • Shut off the water supply to the damaged pipe or fixture
  • Take pictures and notes of damaged areas where possible 
  • Contact our SERVPRO team and your insurance provider
  • Proceed with caution throughout any damaged area to avoid hazards 

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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.