Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After any kind of water makes it way into your home, your top priority is going to be safety first.  Once the following questions have been answered, you will want to contact a mitigation expert, such as SERVPRO of La Crosse.  Water damage of any size can be devastating to a home, but can be made worse the longer you wait to get someone in there to start the cleanup process.  Water can migrate under walls and floor boards into multiple rooms affecting carpet and pad.  It may wick up the walls or drip down saturating insulation and affecting ceilings and property.  

SERVPRO of La Crosse arrives on site to scope the damage and to work with you, the homeowner, to put a drying plan into place.  By using state-of-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, and with regular evaluations of the drying process, we make sure that your property is dry and it has been done right.  

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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.