Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A Few Do's and Don'ts

Old plumbing infrastructure, faulty appliances and leaking roofs or frozen pipes - all different causes of water damage in our homes and businesses. But, regardless of the source of the water, a water intrusion is an intrusion. To help minimize damage and the cost of the restoration and mitigation work, a fast response is necessary.

At SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest our teams respond to water intrusions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year (including holidays). So, Ballard and Greenlake and Fremont (and surrounding areas) are covered. We're in these areas daily responding to water damage events.

Below are some tips to help you think through this process.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (206) 789-2300

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.