Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Slip and falls can occur if wet floors are present, be aware of your surroundings
- Wear proper footwear and clothing.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
- Know the source of the water and if it is safe to be around.
- Call 911 if you or anyone is in danger!
- Do not assume any areas are safe without proper knowledge, call an expert!
Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (816) 232-7711
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.