What You Can Do Right Now
So, you’ve determined it’s safe to stay in your home. Regardless of where the water damage is on your property, we recommend you take these steps to protect your loved ones and belongings.
Safety reminder! It’s important to remember that water will increase the weight of your possessions. Wet objects are heavy objects! Be careful when you try to pick up saturated objects. Belongings you could normally lift easily might now be much heavier.
If you see or suspect that the flooding has reached your electrical outlets, don’t enter the room of the water event. Always keep a safe distance from any pools of water unless you can verify that the water is not in contact with anything electrical.
If you can reach your fuse box, turn off your electricity at the main circuit breaker. Unplug any appliances that are at risk of encountering the water damage. If you have any doubt about whether an appliance has already met water particles, don’t touch it and wait for a professional team to arrive.
The worst thing you can do for your clothing is to leave them in a position where they can become more heavily saturated with dirty water. Hang your wet garments, as well as any household belongings that you might hang to dry such as sheets, towels, and blankets.
Paintings, books, art prints, and magazines are made with ink that can run and damage your carpeting, floors, or furniture. Many decorative rugs also use dyes which can bleed if left alone. We suggest elevating these objects. If you have a porch, deck or backyard, consider laying these items out in the sun. This will expedite the natural drying process and ensure your home does not sustain further damage.
If you have aluminum foil on hand, it’s a good idea to wrap the legs of your furniture. Aluminum will protect the wood from absorbing water. You can also elevate the furniture using wood blocks if you have some available.
What You Can't Do Right Now
Many homeowners attempt to use a vacuum to remove excess water. This is an incredibly dangerous and costly mistake. Household vacuums are not meant to take in extensive amounts of water. This will likely break your vacuum and could cause electrical problems that are hazardous to you and your family. It’s important to leave the water extraction to your restoration professional. We use highly specialized equipment and monitoring tools to safely remove water at any contamination level. We also ensure that your home is free of moisture that contributes to mold growth.