Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be you and your family's safety. Water damage can be very dangerous when it comes to gray or black water, as these can carry bacteria which can cause serious sickness or discomfort. Another thing that makes water damage very dangerous is electricity. Make sure that your electricity is shut off! It's best not to try and handle the situation yourself. Let the pros handle it. If you feel that it is not safe to be in your home, it's not! Trust your instincts or contact us immediately if you have any concerns. Below are some things you can consider before help arrives:
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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.