Water Damage Emergency Tips


What you can do until help arrives

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After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
    •    Is it safe to stay in the house?
    •    Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    •    Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    •    Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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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.