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What do I do??

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common questions during a water damage is “what do I need to do until help arrives?”  Here a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to water damage.


  • Contact your local restoration company as soon as possible
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by shop vacuum, mopping or blotting
  • Wipe excess water from around wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery items such as cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • In the summer, turn on HVAC unit to maximize drying
  • Remove colored rugs from wall to wall carpeting areas to minimize staining
  • Pick up loose items, such as toys and clothes,  to allow maximum air to reach the wet areas


  • Leave fabrics wet in place, dry them as soon as possible
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet floors
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Use TV’s or other household appliances while standing on wet floors
  • Turn on ceiling fans to help with drying if the ceiling has been wet
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

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