Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After any water damage situation, your focus should be on safety first. The condition of the occupants of the home or business and their safety are the number one priority both initially and throughout the restoration process.  If occupying the building becomes potentially dangerous; the occupants must make the safe decision to vacate the structure.  They should also be aware of electrical dangers and slip and fall hazards.  If any activities appear to be unsafe - make your decisions based on the side of caution and avoid them.  Be careful with wet materials as they can become heavy and contaminated from saturation.  Always keep in mind that materials can be replaced - people and their health cannot.

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What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.