Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After experiencing water damage, your safety should be the top priority. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Assess Safety: Determine if it's safe to remain in the house. If there are electrical issues, structural damage, or health hazards, evacuate immediately.

  2. Beware of Hazards: Watch out for electrical hazards and slippery surfaces. Avoid walking on wet carpets or floors to prevent slips and falls.

  3. Limit Activities: Only perform tasks that are safe for you to do. Avoid lifting heavy, wet materials, as they can be cumbersome and may cause injury.

  4. Use Protective Gear: Wear protective gear such as gloves, boots, and masks when handling contaminated materials to protect yourself from potential health risks.

  5. Seek Professional Help: Contact a professional restoration company to assess the damage and safely restore your property.

Remember, safety is paramount during water damage cleanup. If you're unsure about the safety of any situation, it's best to wait for professional assistance.

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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.