Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Water damage in a house is truly devastating. Left unchecked, even a small leak will rot out drywall and studs, create mold, and eventually damage beams. Stopping leaks before that first drop of water is the best way to prevent water damage.
TIPS TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME:
* KNOW YOUR WATER MAIN: know the location of your water main and shut off
* CHECK APPLIANCES REGULARLY: maintain your appliances regularly for any leaks
* INVESTIGATE LEAKS RIGHT AWAY: if you ignore moisture damage, be prepared to experience mold
* UPGRADE WASHING MACHINE HOSES: old or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss.
* CHECK YOUR WATER PRESSURE: if the water pressure is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure.
Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (623) 594-6033
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.