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Water Loss Do’s and Don’ts

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

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In the case of an emergency water loss in your home or business it is important to know what to do until professional help like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can arrive on scene. A water loss can be a shocking and sometimes traumatic experience if your personal belongings have been affected.

Here are some helpful Do’s and Don’ts on dealing with a water loss:


If possible shut off the source of water if it can be safely reached. If unsure about the safety, contact a qualified party to help you.

If you can access the circuit breaker, turn off the electricity for the areas affected by water.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels.

Try to move affected valuables to a dry space.

If sewage is involved with the loss, avoid all contact with the water and any items contaminated by sewage.


Enter rooms with standing water, where electrical shock hazards can exist.

Enter affected areas is electrical outlets, switches, or any other type of electrical equipment has been exposed to water.

Use your household vacuum or any other electric powered device to try to extract standing water.

In case of a water loss with sewage, don’t walk through the contaminated area and spread contamination to other areas.

Use the HVAC system as it can spread contaminated air throughout your home.

Should you encounter a water loss in your Sioux Falls area home or business, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7, ready to respond faster to any size disaster. We can be reached anytime day or night at 605-213-3303.

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