Water Damage Emergency? 4 Fast Steps to Prevent Further Damage.
Many of our water damage cleanup jobs aren't emergencies. Caused by long gone rain or pipe leaks, some water damage isn't noticed until a new tenant moves in or it's time to renovate. It's important to address the damage when discovered, and remediate any mold, so it doesn't worsen over time. But this type of water damage doesn't require an emergency response.
However, some water damage is an emergency and should be handled as such. For example: active leaks that threaten valuables or documents, gray or black water flooding or standing water near electrical outlets. Of course, calling SERVPRO of North Hollywood is an important step in mitigating a water damage emergency. But there are a few quick things you can do before you pick up the phone to call in the water restoration specialists.
Stem the Tide
If the source is an overflowing fixture, appliance or a pipe leak, turning off the water can help stop the flow. Sinks and toilets usually have their own nearby valves. If not, or if the plumbing leak source is unknown, turn off the water at the main.
Disconnect the Power
If the water level threatens electronics or outlets, you'll want to cut the power. Unplug devices or turn off circuit breakers and steer clear of the affected area to prevent electrical shocks.
Clear the Area
Get furniture and other possessions off the floor or away from the water. The longer your valuables are exposed to water, the worse the damage can get. Restoration is often less expensive than replacing damaged items. But the more moisture is left to soak into a surface, the more likely it will need replacing.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Homeowners can be reluctant to involve their insurance company for fear of red tape, paperwork and increased premiums. But SERVPRO of North Hollywood works directly with most major insurance providers. And our experience helps ease the claims process, reducing costs and the risk of delays in restoring your property.
Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO.
Most important, get the drying and clean up process started by calling SERVPRO of North Hollywood at (818) 754-0050. Emergency water damage specialists can be on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as one hour. We'll assess the damage and place our fleet of air movers and dehumidifiers to make a water damage emergency "Like it never even happened."