Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Dealing with a Water Damage

1.) Immediately following a water damage, familiarize yourself with water shut offs. The sooner you are able to take action you will be able to minimize the loss.

2.) Identify source of damage. This is for your safety, to minimize damage, and so that you can properly explain the damage to insurance agent and the technicians that will be working in your home.

3.) Electricity can be a great danger so look for water coming through light fixtures or electrical boxes and shut them off as well as circuit break box and metal paneling if covered in water.

4.) Contact your insurance agency to get into contact with a local and qualified water and mold mitigation company.

5.) Relocate your belongings including clothing to an unaffected area. Pay special attention to valuables such as photographs and store in sealed plastic bags or containers.

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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.