Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
The safety of everyone near water damage is always the priority. We recommend the following while our Amarillo water damage technicians travel to your property.
- Shut off the water source if possible, or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Avoid all areas with standing water, exposed cords, or submerged outlets--these are areas of hazard.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after safely removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil, wood blocks, or another barrier between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Move any art objects, electronics, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry place.
- Mind your step as you walk from wet carpet to dry flooring. Slipping and falling are common in this scenario.
- Use wooden clothespins or safety pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
- Do your best not to track any contaminated water/sewage to any unaffected areas.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after contact with contaminated items.
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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.