Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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SAFETY FIRST AFTER WATER DAMAGE!
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Avoid all areas with standing water, exposed cords, or submerged outlets--these are areas of extreme hazard.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping, blotting, etc.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after safely removing lamps and table top items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil, wood blocks, or another barrier between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Move any art objects, electronics, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry place.
- Use wooden clothespins or safety pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately room temperature.
- Avoid any and all contact with sewage and items that have been contaminated by sewage
- Do your best not to track any contaminated water/sewage to any unaffected areas
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after contact with contaminated items
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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.