Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is the structure safe to stay in?
  • Pay attention to water contamination and avoid contact to ensure health and safety
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards need to be monitored
  • Avoid moving wet materials as they can be very heavy and unstable
  • Basement flooding can cause hydro-static pressure on foundation walls, quickly removing large amounts of water can cause damage

Water damage can come from above because of frozen water pipes or melting snow (Ice Damn) or flooding after strong storms.  Either way, understanding SERVPRO of Milwaukee North can help restore the structure and make it "Like it never even happened."

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (414) 354-7566

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.