Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When water damages occur in your home or business, safety is a top priority.  Depending on the severity of the damages, depth of standing water, and condition of the surrounding structure, it may be unsafe to remain inside the building.  If choosing to remain in the building, be sure to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Avoid sagging and/or bubbling ceilings: this is a sign of water contained above which could cause the ceiling to fall.
  • Watch for any "slip, trip or fall" hazards that may be present.
  • Do not step into pooled or standing water.  If electricity is still running through the building, electrical shock may be possible.
  • Do not attempt to lift or moved waterlogged materials as they may 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.