Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Nothing is worse than arriving home from a long day at work or a nice relaxing vacation to your Fort Worth home having been flooded by a burst pipe or broken toilet line. Walking into a ton of water all over your floor can be incredibly overwhelming, but first thing’s first: take a deep breath, ensure that your home is safe, and then call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County! Water can move quickly and spread into the most unsuspecting places like up walls, under floorboards, and under refrigerators and cause more unexpected damage. So, while you’re waiting for help to arrive, below is a list of things to do and not to do to help make mitigation of your home a breeze and get your property and life back to normal.

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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.