Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
The first thing you will need to do after a flood is make sure that it’s safe for you and your family
- DON’T enter your home or business if you see major structural damage
- DON’T walk on sagging floors or floors above sagging ceilings
- DON’T drain a flooded basement too quickly, because rapid changes in pressure could cause the foundation to collapse
- DON’T do structural or electrical work yourself
- DON’T connect generators to the home’s power system, but plug in fans and appliances directly
- DON’T use generators, grills, camp stoves or charcoal inside homes or within closed areas
Once these major issues are handled, you can start on the cleanup and restoration itself
- DO wear protective clothing, boots and rubber gloves
- DO wash your hands often with soap and water
- DO remove all wall coverings and throw them out
- DO remove drywall, finished ceilings and most insulation that’s been in contact with flood water
- DO throw out permeable materials such as padded furniture and foam rubber
- DO throw out all exposed food, beverages and medicine, including canned goods
- DO disinfect dishes and other items with soap and hot water, but throw out all soft plastics
- DO clean hard surfaces with hot water and soap or detergent
- DO place aluminum foil or wood blocks in between wet floors and the legs of furniture that can’t be moved
- DO make a list of the damage and take photos or videos
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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.