Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water Damage Tips - What Do I Do After Finding Water?

Water damage can be unexpected and bring shock when noticed. SERVPRO of Punta Gorda has a few key tips on what to do when water damage is spotted in your Punta Gorda home or business. At the first sign of water damage, it's important to attempt to find the source of loss. If the source of loss is coming from a broken or leaking pipe, it's important to shut off the main water line immediately.

If the source of loss is a roof leak or from storm damage, SERVPRO can provide a temporary securement by boarding up or securing a tarp on the roof over the affected area. Another tip to avoid the severity of damage from increasing is to call our team right away. By getting mitigation and restoration processes in the works, you can help limit the possibility of secondary damage and mold. 

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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.