Water Damage Tips (Do’s & Don’ts)

  • Shut down the water supply by accessing a zone valve or the whole house valve.
  • Locate the source of water. If you cannot find the source, contact a plumber.
  • Contact a cleaner who is certified in fire and water damage restoration.
  • If there is standing water near electronics, shut off the electricity in that area at the breaker panel.
  • If water is draining from ceiling electrical fixtures, shut down power to those electrical outlets.
  • Remove any standing water by wet mopping and/or wet vacuuming. Only use a shop vac rated for water removal.
  • Wipe water from hard surface furnishings.
  • Remove wet cushions from upholstered furniture and prop against themselves or a wall.
  • Remove wet area rugs from hard wood flooring and wall to wall carpet.
  • Place plastic, aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Relocate affected wall hangings to a dry location.
  • Clean and move any small contents in the affected area to dry locations in the building.
  • During warmer months ventilate the building by opening windows to remove humid air or turn on air conditioner if available.
  • If possible run a dehumidifier in affected areas.