- Shut off the source of water if at all possible or contact a qualified person to stop the water.(city water department, plumber)
- If water has affected anything electrical, turn off the power to the affected area at the breaker box if it is safe to do so.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water off of wood furniture after removing table top items.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and flooring.
- Remove any paintings, documents, computers or any other materials that are valuable or sensitive and store them in an unaffected, dry area of the house.
- Hang curtains and/or draperies off of the floor.
- Take and furs and/or leather items to a separate dry space at room temperature.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches or any other electrical equipment has been exposed to water.
- Leave books, magazines, newspapers or any other colored items on wet flooring and/or furniture to prevent staining.
- Leave wet Oriental rugs or any rug, on a carpeted surface to prevent staining.
- Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
- Use TVs or any other appliance while sitting in wet material.
- Enter rooms or turn on light fixtures in a room where the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water.
- Wait to call our team. The longer you wait to call, the more secondary damage is occurring.