Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water damage doesn't set an appointment, and while it may seem like recovering after a water damage event should and getting everything back to preloss condition should be the primary concern, safety actually should be you top priority!  It is important to ask questions like, "Is it safe to stay in the house?" and  "Are there any electrical or "slip and fall" hazards?"

If you see a potential issue and are unsure, do not attempt to rectify it! It is vital to only do those activities that you know are safe and to leave the others to a professional who has the tools and the experience to complete them safely. 

Lastly, water adds weight! Just because you could lift that rug before doesn't mean you should attempt it now! Use caution when lifting and if it is too heavy, get a friend or loved one to assist. 

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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.