If you encounter water damage on your property, here’s what you can do until help shows up.
Make safety your first priority:
- Ask yourself: is staying in the house safe?
- Be careful lifting wet materials; they can be heavy.
- Don’t take any risks.
- Avoid electrical slip-and-fall accidents.
After a flood:
- Use a mop to remove excess water, if possible.
- Wipe down furniture and other items to dry them.
- Set drenched cushions and other upholstery on their sides to dry.
- Set wooden blocks down between furniture legs and soaked carpets.
- If summertime, turn on your AC to help with the drying process.
- Take wet, colored rugs off carpets to avoid bleeding of ink and staining.
- Place art pieces in a safe place away from water.
- Pick up stray objects from floors, if safely possible.
Avoid the following:
- Using household appliances.
- Trying to use a vacuum to remove water.
- Leaving wet fabrics in place.
- Leaving dyed items (magazines, paintings, etc.) on wet flooring.
- Turning on ceiling fans in wet rooms.