Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After any water loss, the primary question should be- Is it safe?

- Assessing the safety should be the most important question you ask before anything is done. Water damage can weaken the structural integrity of the building. If there are places in the ceiling that are sagging, do not enter the building. 

- Make sure that the electricity has been shut off after a water loss. 

- If there is an area affected that has been under water for over 24 hours, please wear a mask. 

The next thing that needs to be done, is remove standing water. 

- If it is safe, remove the standing water with towels or a wet- dry vacuum. 

One other thing that needs to be done, is moving furniture, rugs and smaller items. 

- You do not want more of your items getting ruined by water damage.  

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (502) 226-4441

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.