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I have standing water in my home: What do I do now?

1/4/2024 (Permalink)

Standing water in living room area A flood that started in the kitchen, quickly spread to affect the living room in this home.

Broken water supply lines

In the last several years home appliances have made many technological advancements that continue to make our lives easier. Washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, and ice makers bring convenience, ease, and even the feeling of luxury to our everyday lives. However, the water lines that supply these devices can sometimes fail or break, causing water to flow freely and spread throughout your home. 

If this unfortunate incident does occur in your home, the most important thing you can do is immediately call for help. SERVPRO® of Saline County and SERVPRO® of Hot Springs are available 24/7 for emergency water services. Letting this water sit for any extended period, will only lead to compounding damage. Moisture will continue to absorb into the structure of your home, leading to weakening and distortion. Hardwood flooring will begin to bubble, warp, or even crack from swelling up with moisture. 

While you are waiting for SERVPRO® of Saline County and Hot Springs to arrive, here are some actions you can take to help prevent further damage: 

  • Make sure you are safe. 
    • Watch for electrical hazards and always err on the side of caution. 
    • Water-soaked items will be heavier than usual, so be careful when lifting and do not lift with your back. 
    • Watch your step and take precautions to not slip. 
  • Shut off the water
    • Locate your main water valve and shut the water off. 
  • Repair leaks or damage
    • If the water loss was caused by a leak or broken pipe, be sure to have the source repaired as quickly as possible. Neutralizing the source will help prevent the loss from happening again or worsening. 
  • Move personal items out of the way. 
    • If there are loose items on the floor, do your best to pick them up and move them out of the way. 
    • If there are items that you can safely move by yourself, such as art or dining chairs, move them to another location to prevent them from becoming damaged. 
    • Move wet upholstery and cushions to a dry place. 
  • Turn on your A/C (in the summertime)
    • Turning on your HVAC can help begin the drying process. 

If you have experienced a water loss in your home, SERVPRO® of Saline County and Hot Springs is here to help.® 

Call us any time of day or day of the week. 501-803-9700

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