Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
When faced with a sudden water emergency, it is extremely important 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.