What to do until help arrives
Here is a list of some DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage, and increase the chances of a successful restoration.
- Shut off the source of water if possible. (Or contact the qualified party)
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and any additional tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or any other electrical equipment is exposed to water.
- Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets of floors to cause staining.
- Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possible causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.
- Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet floors.
- Turn on ceiling fans if ceiling is wet, or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.