Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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There are a number of things you can do to prevent a water damage emergency from happening in your home. Checking for obvious water leaks, particularly in places where they are common (especially for homeowners in Los Angeles) and detecting hidden water leaks are two key steps you can take to mitigate the risk of a water damage disaster.

Should disaster strike, however, it is also important to understand how water can damage your property and take the appropriate steps to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. Once you are certain that everyone is safely out of harm's way, the first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for an immediate response to a water damage emergency in North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Universal City and Los Angeles. Help will be on the way promptly, but in the meantime, here are a few tips to keep in mind while you wait for our team to arrive and assess the damage.

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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.