Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County wants to ensure you take the right steps to safely take care of a water loss until we arrive. A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions. It is important that you read these tips (These tips are for clean water situations only)

-Identify the Source/Type of Water.

-Shut off the water source if possible 

-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even dry.

-Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.

-Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

-Stay clear of any electrical appliances. 

-Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. 

-Wet materials can be heavy. Be careful!

There's no such thing as a small disaster. Especially, when the water you don't see contains bacteria- or causes mold, rot, and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. SO before you get out the mop and bucket and the box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property. 

SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County understands how disruptive unseen was damage can be for your business or home. For this reason, Call SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at 540-433-6100. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (540) 433-6100

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.