Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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FAQ's when you have water damage in your home in Western Dutchess County

What do I do first? The cause of the loss must be repaired first. Call a plumber to get the problem repaired right away and then call your insurance company. 

Then, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, no matter what time of day. Our team will gather all needed information and schedule an estimator to meet you.

How much is this going to cost me? Our estimates are FREE and we work directly with your insurance company to help cover the costs of repairs. 

What about the damaged items? Our teams are trained and certified in Water Damage Restoration. They will remove all contents that are salvageable, clean and dry them and return them to you promptly. 

Do I have to worry about mold? Fixing the leak and drying out all affected areas quickly helps stops the growth of mold spores. Mold likes warm, damp environments, that’s why you’ll see it in basements, crawl spaces and sometimes attics. Time is key here, the quicker the areas are remedied, the less of an issue mold growth will be.

How long does this whole process take? This often depends on the size and severity of the damage but our estimators, production managers and technicians will be with you step by step. We pride ourselves in using effective methods as well as being efficient and timely and will help get your life back to normal asap.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (845) 831-3600

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.