Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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If you’re experiencing a water-related emergency, you might wonder what you should do before SERVPRO of Rutherford County arrives on the scene. First of all, try to cut the source of the water off. If it’s possible to stop the water, that should be your primary priority. Next, start the process of removing the water. Whether you use towels or a ShopVac, the sooner you remove the water the better. 

If you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of removing the water, that’s okay! We’ll be on site within our guaranteed four-hour window. We can start the work as soon as we arrive. Focus on getting your valuables out of the area and move furniture to a safe space, if possible. We also recommend putting tinfoil on the wood pieces of your furniture. If it sits in water, staining will occur— on your furniture as well as on your carpet. 

Our main concern is that you stay safe. If you’re concerned, turn off the electricity until we can get to the site to check it out.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (615) 849-9794

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.