Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When you experience water damage, finding the source is very important.  It may be a broken pipe or the water heater could be leaking.  If so, find the main water shutoff and close it.  Usually turn it to the right or perpendicular to the water line.  Or maybe your sump pump quit working and you need a new one. Next, call a plumber to fix the damage.  While the source is being fixed SERVPRO of Berrien County will be ready to respond immediately to; extract water, remove damaged contents, safely store other contents, set drying equipment and stop secondary damage to your home.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (269) 925-6841

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.