Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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In the face of water damage, prioritizing safety is crucial until professional assistance arrives. This comprehensive guide offers essential tips for handling water, fire, biohazard, and mold incidents. The primary focus should be on assessing safety within the house, avoiding electrical hazards and slip-and-fall risks. Engage only in safe activities and be cautious of the weight of wet materials. In the event of a water damage emergency, call (206) 282-9500 for immediate help. After flooding, remove excess water, wipe wood furniture, prop up upholstery, and use barriers between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Utilize air conditioning and relocate art objects and loose items. It is important to know what not to do as well: avoid leaving wet fabrics in place, prevent colored items from coming into contact with wet surfaces, refrain from using household appliances for water removal, and be cautious with ceiling fixtures in wet areas. By following these guidelines, you can prioritize safety and protect your property until professional assistance arrives.

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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.