Do’s and Dont’s: Water Disaster

Do’s and Dont’s: Water Disaster

 How many of you know how to respond during a water damage disaster? Your first and most important step should be to call your emergency mitigation specialists at SERVPRO. The sooner we arrive on site, the more you and your insurance company save in restoration and construction services.
These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper actions and precautions until WE arrive!
  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • When access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off circuit breakers in wet areas of the building.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture should be relocated to a safe, dry place.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather good to dry separately at room temperature.


  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.  
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Enter rooms where ceiling are sagging from retained water.

Contact us for 24 Hour Restoration Service: SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia/ Lexington 803-755-9774

-Denea Duran
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