What to Do If Your School Experiences Water Damage

Turn to a trusted school restoration partner to mitigate the water damage and keep school in session. 

Water damage in your school can disrupt classes and create safety concerns. Having an established partnership with a property restoration company that’s experienced in school restoration before damage occurs can help keep disruption to a minimum and get things back to normal for your students as soon as possible.

When an unexpected event occurs, like a burst pipe or storm damage that requires water restoration for your school, here’s what you should do:


  1. Stop the flow. Clearly, the first step in mitigating water damage is to stop the flow of water. If the source is a burst pipe in the school, shut off the main water supply. If the water is coming in from roof damage, broken windows or other structural damage from a storm, call a board-up service immediately to secure the building and prevent any further water damage. 
  2. Follow your protocols. Implement your school’s emergency operations plan as needed, which, depending on the nature of the emergency, might include: evacuation, reverse evacuation, student relocation, parent-student reunification, special needs population assistance and continuity of operations (COOP). 
  3. Keep kids away from water-damaged areas. Standing water can mask danger in the aftermath of a storm. Electrical outlets and cords that have gotten wet can pose a hazard of electrical shock in classrooms. So, it’s important to ensure that all student-accessible areas are thoroughly dried and inspected prior to student reentry. 
  4. Contact a water restoration company. Your school should have an established relationship with a local, trusted water and property restoration company. It’s essential to get a water restoration expert on the scene as soon as possible so they can communicate with your school’s insurance company about the water damage and get a drying plan in place. 
  5. See your drying plan through. Even small amounts of water left to air-dry can cause problems down the line, particularly in carpets, ceiling tiles and other hidden areas where mold can thrive. Without professional drying techniques, mold can develop in places you can’t see, which can be hazardous to your students’ health. 
  6. Assess your water-damaged contents. If the books in your library, computers or other electronics have been damaged by water, ask your property restoration specialist about their contents restoration services. You might be able to salvage some of these things. Many items can be restored with professional drying equipment. 

An experienced school restoration partner

When an unexpected event like fire, storm or water damage strikes your school, you need an action plan and a trusted restoration partner standing by with years of experience in school restoration. You need Hays + Sons. We can help you create an emergency plan of action and be ready to assist you 24/7/365.

If you’re in Indiana, Hays + Sons Restoration Company is nearby

Hays + Sons has been a trusted restoration partner for schools, homes and businesses for more than 35 years. We understand the unique challenges of both new construction and aging facilities. We’ve seen it all. So, whether your school has experienced water, fire and smoke or storm damage, or needs emergency board-up service, contents restoration, carpet cleaning, general contracting, or reconstruction, Hays + Sons has a location near your school and stands ready to serve you. 

The compassionate, experienced and trusted restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With offices throughout the Midwest in Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Indianapolis, Columbus, Muncie and Lafayette as well as Cincinnati, Ohio, there’s a Hays + Sons near you. 




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