Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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You've just experienced water damage. Now what do you do? We've put together some emergency water damage tips for residents and business owners in the Austin area, who are not sure what to do after they've just experienced water damage and/or flooding, and are waiting for our SERVPRO company to arrive.

Of primary importance in any water damage situation is your safety. If the water damage or flood damage in your Austin home or business is extensive or takes place around electrical wiring, please consider carefully that it's likely not safe for you to stay in the house. Don't try and make fixes yourself if you're not sure it is safe to do so. And remember, wet materials tend to be very heavy, heavier than you may realize, so try not to lift any large objects. Our SERVPRO team is equipped and trained to deal with all types of Austin water damage issues, so in many cases, it's best to wait until we arrive.

But there are some water damage tips you can consider. We've listed some of these water damage tips below, and you can do these, while you're waiting for our SERVPRO professionals to arrive. Remember, our SERVPRO office can handle all your water damage Austin and water extraction needs, along with any Austin cleaning services you need. We're available 24/7 for emergency services, and our team can provide you with full Austin water damage restoration.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (512) 420-9886

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.