Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Once your home floods, your headaches are just beginning. Promptly assessing the flood damage and rapidly enacting a cleanup plan require immediate attention.

Moisture can seep into areas some homeowners might otherwise overlook, such as inside of the walls, under baseboards, windowsill plates or subfloors. To avoid extensive damage, it is highly recommended that certified restoration experts inspect and begin water mitigation.

This process can reduce post-flood water damage swiftly – ideally within 48 hours of the incident. Water mitigation can reduce the severity of damage that often follows a flood.

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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.