Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
When you have a water damage and it is clean water there are some things you should and shouldn't do. For example you should: shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified business to stop the source. Turn off circuit breakers to the wet area, if you can safely access them. Remove excess water from floors and wood furniture if possible. Things you shouldn't do: do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist. If electrical outlets, switches or electrical equipment are exposed to water, do not enter the area. Don't leave colored items on carpet or floors to avoid staining (for example: books, magazines, and/or Oriental rugs).
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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.