When water damage occurs it is important not to panic.
First, you need to stop the water source (if you can.)
Second, you need to call a water damage expert like Carpet Masters. We are there to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
So what should you do (or not do)?
- Avoid electrical hazards.
- Avoid slip and fall hazards.
- Remove any artwork and paintings from the walls.
- Remove any area rugs from the floor and hang to dry.
- Stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging from retained water.
- Remove wet upholstery cushions from the frame and prop them up to dry.
- Place plastic or aluminum foil under any furniture legs that are not plastic.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping the area or using a wet/dry vac.
- Turn the air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer and open the windows in the winter.
- Wipe as much excess water from wood furniture as you can and remove tabletop lamps and other items from the furniture.
- Punch tiny holes in a sagging ceiling to relieve trapped water, place something underneath the holes beforehand to collect any trapped water.
- Don't panic!
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place.
- Don't use a regular vacuum to remove excess water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Don't leave magazines, books or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
- Don't turn on electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets, floors or especially on wet concrete floors.