Water Damage Do’s and Don’ts – How to Act Until Help Arrives

Calling Steamatic water damage restoration services can help you and your family recover from even the worst of flooding, but there are some things you can do to minimize damages until help arrives on the scene. This will come as a relief to many, who cannot bear to stand idly by and watch their belongings be consumed by a steady-climbing wall of water. Read on for a list of the Do’s and Don’ts in the event of water damage!

What to do once flooding has been detected:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Do not engage areas where the water is near any electrical outlets or appliances, or anywhere where standing water has been allowed to rest and toxify. 
  • Wipe excess water from wooden furniture. This will decrease the chances of molding or lifting seals. 
  • Prop up dampened cushions in a safe area to allow for air-drying. 
  • Buffer the space between furniture legs and wet carpet using wooden blocks or aluminum foil to minimize damage. 
  • Remove all coloured rugs from wet carpeting to prevent stains from running colours.
  • Gather loose items from the floor and move them to high ground. 

What not to do after flooding has been detected:

  • Do not leave wet fabrics in place – they will must and mold if not hung. 
  • Do not leave books or other coloured items in place. They will stain nearby surfaces as the colours or ink begins to run. 
  • Don’t use household vacuuming equipment to fight off the flood. In fact, don’t use any appliances, including televisions and any ceiling fixtures. 
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