Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When faced with a sudden water emergency, it is imperative to prioritize your own personal safety. Be mindful of potential dangers and follow the tips below:

  • Keep away from standing water to prevent injury from falling. Make sure children and pets are prevented from entering the area as well.
  • Do not wade into water in which you can’t see the bottom as electrical outlets could be affected, resulting in an extremely dangerous situation.
  • Refrain from attempting to remove wet materials as they are very heavy and moving them can result in injury. Cutting walls can damage hidden pipes and electrical wires.
  • Determine if the water loss is preventing you from living safely in your home. Obstacles to safe living could include weakened flooring or ceiling 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.