Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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The scenario usually goes this way: you were out of the house and when you returned home you were greeted with some new unwelcome guest, water damage. 

Water damage occurs when a hidden pipe breaks, a faulty appliance leaks or some seasonal storm tests your home's waterproofing. Coming home, or perhaps, waking up to this type of damage can be overwhelming and understanding what you should do next, or perhaps, what you shouldn't do next is important. 

Below our team has put together tips of steps to take and steps not to take. Look through these for help and also explore this page to learn more about water damage and how our team can help. 


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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.