Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water damage can pose a serious safety risk to your home or business. If you experience such damage, 
prioritize turning off all electrical power and gas. Do not enter affected areas without protective
gear such as gloves and boots. Mold can quickly form in wet areas, so remove any wet carpets,
furniture, or other materials. It's best to call water damage professionals such as SERVPRO of
Emporia/South Boston to assess the extent of the damage promptly. We offer services such as water
removal, drying, and dehumidification to mitigate the effect of water damage and possible mold growth
in your home or business.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (434) 262-6792

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.