Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When your home or business suffers water damage, that's bad enough. But your first priority, even before planning out your recovery strategy, is to be safe:

  • Enter your home or business only after local authorities determine it’s safe to do so
  • Watch for and avoid any electrical and "slip and fall" hazards--begin by cutting power to your building
  • Be careful when moving wet materials. Waterlogged building materials, furniture and other objects can be dangerously heavy.

Keep reading for SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield’s recommendations on do's and don'ts after a water disaster. Rely on our experience, training and equipment to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." We’ve helped many homeowners and business owners who suffered roof leaks, flood damage, sewer backups, frozen pipes, and other water damage events. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (860) 633-8791

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.