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Responding to Building Water Damage

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Responding to Building Water Damage


Wet areas and materials should be dried within 24 - 48 hours. Facilities Management will respond to all water incursions to remove the water and dry out the space. Wet vacs and extractors are used to remove water from the floor and carpet, and dehumidifiers and fans placed in the area. In some cases, wet surfaces, such as dry wall and carpet, may need to be removed.

Open the windows and keep interior doors open to increase air circulation, if the outside air is dry (low humidity).

Empty dehumidifiers when full. Leave dehumidifiers on overnight. Units shut off when full, so you do not need to worry about overflow.

Identify wet papers or other porous materials and either:

  • discard non-essential papers and other materials
  • remove papers from boxes, file drawers, piles and spread out to dry
  • copy wet papers and discard originals unless maintaining originals is required
  • for large amounts contact Facilities Management to discuss locations for drying
  • for critical documents (e.g., library archival material or art) contact a professional conservator for instructions.


SERVPRO of Grand Prairie  is here for all of your restoration needs.

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