Water Damage Safety Tips

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!

What to do after water damage:

-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 water damage:

-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.