Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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A Few Do's and Don'ts

Water damage to your Philadelphia property can be devastating, but it is, unfortunately, also very common.  Water can leak down walls, flood the floor, and cause all sorts of mold damage if left alone for too long. 

At SERVPRO of South Philadelphia, we pride ourselves in being a responsive partner in remediation and restoration. While you do wait for our emergency services to arrive, there are a few steps you can take to get started. Please remember to make safety your first priority.

Below are some tips to know after suffering commercial or residential water damage. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (610) 237-9700

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.