Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Standing water, flood waters, and water damage can pose risks that some people may be unaware of. These waters can carry infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and other risks of injury. Water damage may also lead to mold which can pose its own health risks. It is always best to avoid contact with flood waters or mold from water damage. If you have come in contact with potentially dangerous water, be sure to wash your hands and avoid eating or drinking anything that may have been contaminated. Be especially careful if the standing water in your home reaches above electrical outlets. When this is the case, do not come in contact with it!
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
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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.