Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Do you know the signs of water damage to look out for in your home?

One of the big issues with water damage is the longer it takes to notice and to treat the worse the situation gets and the more damage is done to your home or business. Acting quickly to shut off water sources when you notice leaks or signs of water damage is of utmost importance. So what are some telltale signs of water damage in your home?

  •         Check for warping in your hardwood and laminate flooring
  •         Look out for water rings or stains on your walls and ceiling
  •         Check ceilings for any sagging or soft spots
  •         Carpets should not be wet or damp

If you do see any of these signs or if you see a leak DO NOT delay! Make sure to call a professional to take care of your leaks and then once the problem is solved give us a call here at SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks to help restore any damage that may have occurred before the problem was fixed.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (252) 331-7889

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.