May 20, 2022

Water Damage Tips Until Help Arrives

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Stop – Look – Listen
  • Before entering any water damaged space stop and check your surroundings – Check the walls ceilings and floors to make sure they are safe.
  • Look for wet electrical panels, lines or extension cords that may be in the water and the potential for shock.
  • If it is safe proceed to shut off or eliminate the source if possible.
  • Contact your insurance company
  • 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!

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.

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