Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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It happened, that very thing that you thought happened to other people happened to you — water damage. But water damage is more common than you may think. According to the data 37% of homeowners claim a water damage event, washing machine hoses average a life span of about 8.7 years (to be precise), and nearly 14,000 people a day have some sort of water damage experience. 

Water damage is common. The reality of aging infrastructure, the second law of thermodynamics (a natural tendency of any isolated system to degenerate) and entropy means water damage will continue to be common. In other words, it happens. 

But the better question is "what's next?", what should a home owner or a property manager do in these moments. Well, first, composure; second, action. The longer water damage festers, the greater the damage becomes.

Below we've put together tips to help you think through next steps.

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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.