Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water damage comes in many shapes and sizes, but certain aspects of water losses stay consistently the same. It is important to remember that even though water damage may sometimes seem to be harmless, it can quickly turn in to a much larger issue if left unattended. For instance, certain types of molds can grow as a result of a water loss in as little as 48 hours from the time of the initial water event. Regardless of the type of water loss that occurs, there are some key points you must consider and keep in mind in the event that your home or business is affected:

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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.