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. For example, is it safe to enter your home or commercial property, any electrical hazards, “slip and fall” hazards, which activities are safe to perform and being careful with wet materials. In case of an emergency and there are signs of water damage, here are some precautions to take until help arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas
  • Remove excess water
  • Move sensitive valuables to a dry place
  • Don’t enter affected areas

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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.