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What To Do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Where is the water coming from?

Water Damage From Clean Water Source

Dealing with water damage can be difficult.

The first thing you need to ask yourself, is where is this water coming from?

  • A broken water pipe?
  • Leaking refrigerator?
  • Sink or bathtub overflowed?
  • Hot water heater leaked?

These are all examples of a clean water source. Here are some tips to follow until your local SERVPRO can respond.


  • Call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at 541-808-2600 for immediate response.
  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Remove paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry place.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.


  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment is exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards. 
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining. 
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. 
  • Turn ceiling fixtures on if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retaining water. 
  • Feel like you're on your own. Call us now at 541-808-2600 and you will have an entire team to help you through this process. 

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