Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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  • Photograph The Damage. You can never take too many photos.
  • Contact Your Insurance Provider. As soon as you have gathered preliminary information, you should contact your home insurance provider.
  • Safety First. Be mindful to come in contact with electrically charged water. Use caution around slippery wet surfaces. Avoid contact with stagnant or contaminated water.  
  • Inspect Plumbing. Turn of your water main if necessary. Contact a trusted plumbing contractor if you discover plumbing damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances that have come in contact with water. Turn off main power at the power source. Contact an electrician if you discover damaged electrical wires.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn immediately to start the water remediation process. Secondary water damage can occur in as little as 24 hours.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (503) 635-6233

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.