Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When your property is damaged by a flood, burst pipe, or leaky roof, you need an expert in water damage remediation. The professionals at SERVPRO of Morton Grove/East Niles will make it "Like it never even happened.” 

There are a few things you should do to minimize the damage to the structure and your belongings before the team arrives:

Do not enter the damaged area without conducting a safety assessment. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may not be safe for you to enter the building.

  • Water damage can weaken the structural integrity of the building. If the ceilings are sagging, do not enter the building.
  • Be sure the electricity in the building has been shut off. Submerged electrical appliances and electronics can cause serious electrical shock.
  • Keep in mind that the floor will be slippery and objects may have shifted during the flooding. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in water damage cleanup projects.

If it is safe for you to do so, use a wet-dry vacuum to remove standing water, or use towels to soak up smaller pools of water on furniture, counters, and other surfaces. If the area is flooded with more than a foot or two of water, wait for the SERVPRO of Morton Grove/East Niles team to arrive. 

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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.