Damage Emergency Tips
• If the outside temperature is moderate
to hot, use
dehumidifiers if available.
• Use fans to circulate the air and assist
• Remove as much water as possible by mopping
• Wipe furniture dry.
• Lift draperies off carpet, loop through
a non-metal coat hangar, and place hangar on the
• Prop up wet furniture cushions for even
• Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings.
• Open furniture drawers, closet doors and
• Move photos, paintings and art objects
to a safe, dry location.
• Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon
as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry
separately at room temperature.
• Remove damp books from shelves and spread
out to dry.
• If damage occurs during a cool season,
leave heat on; if in summer, use an air conditioner
• Do not use an ordinary household vacuum
to remove water.
• Do not use electrical appliances while
on wet carpet or wet floors.
• Do not go into rooms with standing water
if the electricity is on.
• Do not lift tacked down carpet without
professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly
could promote shrinkage.
• Do not wait to call for professional help.
Damage from the water and bacteria growth can
begin within hours.