Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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The best tip to avoid water damage is to make sure every window is caulked and sealed. You don't want a leak from the outside to ruin your home on the inside. It will also help if you seal around your bathtubs and sinks. While you're at it, check the caulking around drains, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures. You can even make sure your backsplash in your kitchen is sealed properly. You'll want to select a caulking or sealant that is 100% silicon. Silicon is water proof, flexible and won't crack. Do not use acrylic caulk which will shrink over time and could possibly create water damage.
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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.