Water Damage Dos and Don'ts

Water Damage Dos

  • Ventilate wet areas. Turn on the air conditioning for accelerated drying in the summer; in winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
  • Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Transport computers to a dry environment. Remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air.
  • Remove any artwork and paintings from the wall if affected by water damage. Remove any area rugs from the floor to dry outside or inside.
  • Remove wet upholstery cushions from the frame and prop them up to dry immediately.
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
  • Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.
  • Call your insurance carrier.

Water Damage Don’ts

  • DON’T operate TVs, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
  • DON’T use heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded moisture damage may result.
  • DON’T leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible.
  • DON’T wait to call Tri State Restorations.

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