Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When going back into your home or business after a water damage or flooding, your first priority should be safety. Here are some helpful tips to follow to prevent putting yourself in danger. 

  • Check to see if there are any electrical hazards. You may want to shut off any breakers to affected areas as a precaution. If there are downed power lines, it is best to avoid the area until it is cleared. 
  • When flooding or second level water damages occur, be sure to pay attention to the ceiling above you. Saturated materials become heavy and have the potential of falling. If you feel it is unsafe, do not go inside. 
  • Protect your body. In the event of a flood, all wet materials have the potential to harbor harmful and hazardous chemicals and contaminants. Wear proper footwear as well as gloves before touching anything. 
  • You may need to call your electric and gas company to report the damage. If you feel it is safe, take photos and call your insurance company to begin the process of drying and restoration. 

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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.