Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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What to do before help arrives?  The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of any water damage.  It is important to have made contact with SERVPRO of St. Cloud and our office staff will let you know how quickly our crew can respond to your needs.  Before we arrive, it is important to stop the source of where the water is coming into the house if possible.  If it is safe, turn the water shut off valve off.  Our dedicated crew will be there as quickly as possible to help alleviate your concerns and begin the drying process. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (320) 248-5400

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.