Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Prevention tips:

Secure toilet seats when there are children and pets present

Insulate pipes

Shut off hose bibs and sprinkler systems prior to bad weather

Do not take run a bath when you are tired or intoxicated (We got more bathtub overflows than one would think)

Maintain your roof and gutters to ensure they are free of moss and debris


Know where you main water shut off is

Put a bucket under any active leaks until professionals arrive

Call your local SERVPRO if you see evidence of a water loss

Do let faucets drip when the temperature is freezing. This helps stop pipes from freezing

Do make sure you do not leave electronics on the floor. 


Do not go near frayed wires or electrical outlets

Do not try to mitigate the water loss, call a professional as soon as possible.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (503) 472-9824

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.