Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
SERVPRO of Lewiston/Auburn, we understand that emergencies can happen at any time. A broken pipe can lead to a serious water leak that can cause extensive water damage to your home or business. The last thing you want is to discover your floors heavily soaked and water damage to your walls, ceiling and personal belongings. We understand how stressful these situations can be which is why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with emergency restoration services concerning a water or fire damage. Give us a call, we are always here to help.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell & break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety and mold growth pose serious risks to occupants.
Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (207) 783-2500
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.