Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Floods can be devastating. In their wake, several different key variables can come in to play that can undermine what you have built and accumulated over the years.
- Insurance that for some reason won’t cover the damage
- Standing water left behind after the fact
- Mold that develops in places where moisture lingers
- Structural weakness created by water-soaked wood
- Health problems that arise from mold-related issues
Water is a powerful element and it doesn’t stop flowing to detour around a property. The days directly after water has damaged your structure and property are filled with worry and can be difficult to get through with help. On your own it can seem impossible. Often, after the water recedes, the damage becomes more readily visible and can overwhelm even the strongest person or business. Your neighbors at SERVPRO of North Miami want you to know that we’ve got our boots on twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
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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.