Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When people first learn of some water damage event happening at their property the initial reaction is typically unbelief, "are you serious?"

Though the initial shock may be disorienting, the next moments are crucial. The difference between an assertive response and a passive response is money, scope of work and time. If water damage is addressed quickly and promptly damage can be contained, if the damage is not addressed quickly and assertively, the damage has this way of spreading and creating larger headaches. 

You don't want that. 

So, what's next? Below we've put together some tips to help you think through next steps.

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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.