Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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No matter how large or small, water damage in your home or business is no joking matter. Safety should ALWAYS come first when dealing with water issues, or any other kind of damage near family, pets, employees or guests. Please take note of the following during a water emergency:

  • Determine whether it is safe to stay inside the damaged house or structure?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are among the most primary concerns, so make sure you’re careful when walking through or leaving the house.
  • Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform. Let the professionals do the rest!
  • Materials that have become wet or that have absorbed water can be very heavy and extremely cumbersome and slippery. Do not try to remove large or wet items from the home. Take valuables or small sentimental items if necessary.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (518) 580-1111

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.