Emergency Tips for Water Damage
Water is an essential part of our lives, it is beneficial, helpful, and life saving. It has many good qualities, but under some circumstances, although it usually cleans, it can damage articles. The harmful effect of water is sharply reduced by prompt and wise action. Some procedures are obvious; others require foresight and experience. This list of Emergency Tips has been compiled from many years of experience in water damage repair & cleaning.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- If the outside temperature is above 60 °F, use dehumidifiers if available.
- Use fans to circulate air and assist drying if the damage just happened.
- Wipe water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a plastic (not wire) coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying.
- Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings.
- Open furniture drawers closet doors and luggage to enhance drying (do not force, however).
- Move photos paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location.
- Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Remove damp books from shelves; spread out to dry or freeze them. If damage occurs during a cool season leave heat on 60 °F; if damage occurs in summer, use an air conditioner if available.
- Leave the premises if the water is contaminated with sewage. This is a major health and structural hazard.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying (check for possible bleeding).
- Place aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carping.
- Open suitcases and luggage to dry, in sunlight if possible.
- Punch small holes in sagging ceilings to relieve trapped water (don’t forget to place pans beneath!).