Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
It is that time of year again where we face the real danger of frozen pipes and the intrusion of water in our homes. Many times we are not aware of this situation until the pipes have actually thawed out. The first order of business is to get the water supply turned off and have a plumbing professional fix the broken pipe. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. First of all, is it safe to stay in the house? The most prevalent concerns are electrical and "slip and fall" hazards. Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. If you move any wet materials, be very careful. Wet materials can be Very heavy!
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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.