Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety, but there are specific areas for you to address right away - electrical, compromised structural components, people who might be in or coming to the building, places that might now be very slippery, removal of personal items.
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Keep people away from the damaged area - especially children and elderly.
- Electrical hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns. BE VERY CAREFUL!
- "Slip and Fall" situations need attention.
- 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.