After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
Is it safe to stay in the house?
Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
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What To Do After Flooding
- If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas; unplug and remove any small electrical devices currently located on the wet carpet
- 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 aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. (especially antiques)
- Turn air conditioning on (not evaporative air conditioning) for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove coloured rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors such as books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain the carpet (check especially under beds and in closets for these items)
- Remove small furniture items as possible, to prevent rust or stains & expedite restoration.
- Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to prevent contact with wet carpet (water marks, browning, dye transfer or migration)
- Remove and secure breakables, moisture sensitive or high-value items
- Wash your hands thoroughly after handling wet items
- Ensure that a contractor has been called to eliminate or repair the water source.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
- Don’t use any type home vacuum since electrical shock may result, as well as potential damage to the equipment itself
- Don’t use television or other household appliances.
- Don’t place newspaper in the traffic areas, since newspaper ink transfers easily
- Don’t walk on wet carpet any more than necessary in order to keep from spreading damage.
- Do not activate the HVAC system if it is has been directly contacted by water, or might serve as a means of spreading contamination
- Do not increase indoor temperature unless instructed to do so by qualified restoration technician
In sewage losses, do not:
- Do not handle directly contaminated items
- Do not consume foods or use personal hygiene items that were left out in contaminated areas
- Do not turn on fans to circulate air or use any vacuum equipment
In either circumstance Do not stay in the property if occupants:
- have respiratory problems including allergies and asthma
- are under age 2 or over age 60
- have a weakened immune system due to illness, medication, or recent surgery