Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Water Damage Tips for your Home or place of Business

  • Can you identify the water source? 
  • Turn off any and all electrical appliances that are in the area.
  • Remove all area rugs to prevent bleeding or staining   
  • Lift any curtains, drapes and bed skirts off the floor to prevent dye transfer. 
  • Remove any items stored under bed. 
  • Move wall hangings and paper products to a safe, dry location. 
  • Remove and wipe access water from furniture. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • DO NOT use ANY electrical items or appliances
  • DO NOT enter rooms if ceilings are sagging
  • DO NOT turn off ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • DO NOT use electrical dry or heaters to dry carpets 

Safety First...should be your primary focus. 

  • Materials that are saturated and wet can be heavy. Be careful. 
  • Is it safe to stay in the house? Are the ceilings sagging, is the floor popping up? 
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

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Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (210) 899-1017

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.