What to do in case your house floods? Call SERVPRO of Cottage Grove/ Woodbury to help!
After you find any sign of a flood or water damage, your primary focus should be your family's safety and security. You should make sure the house is safe, as electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are of immediate concern. Remember when you're handling wet materials to take extra precaution, as these items are heavier and may be slippery to the touch. Make sure that you are only doing activities that you can safely perform so as to prevent injury to yourself or those around you.
What To Do After Flooding:
- Mop and blot any excess water on your floors.
- Remove water from lamps and tabletop items before wiping down counter surfaces and tables.
- Remove any wet upholstery or cushions and prop them up to allow for drying.
- Remove colored rugs from any wet carpeting.
- Place aluminum foil or wooden blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Put art objects or valuables in a safe and dry place.
- If the flood occurs during the summer, turn on your air conditioning for quick and maximum drying.
- Gather any loose objects from the floor.
- Call in a professional flood restoration service right away to prevent the spread of bacteria and mold in your home. SERVPRO of Cottage Grove/Woodbury's water damage technicians will also be able to identify if your home's structural integrity needs repairs and if it's safe to be inside your house.
What NOT To Do After Flooding:Don’t leave any wet fabrics behind. Make sure to hang them up as soon as possible, because water damage can quickly lead to mold and mildew.
- Don’t leave books, magazines, or any color-dyed items or objects on wet carpets or floors.
- Don’t use any electronic devices, such as TVs, microwaves, or other appliances that might have been affected.
- Don’t use a vacuum cleaner to remove the water.
- Don’t use ceiling fixtures, such as fans, if the ceiling is wet or damaged.
- Keep out of rooms in which ceilings are sagging.