Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When you experience a water loss it is important to stay out of the affected area as much as possible until you know what it is you are dealing with. There are typically three different categories of water damage.

Category 1

  • Came from clean inside water source
  • Did not travel through debris or dirt
  • Is clear

Category 2

  • Came from outside or has traveled through unsanitary environment (Flood, drain water)
  • Water is clear or slightly cloudy could have visible debris in it
  • Water has sat for prolonged period of time

Category 3

  • Water came from sewer or another waste water source
  • Water is grey or black
  • Usually has strong odor

It is important to know the category because that determines the type of precautions that have to be taken. Everything from the PPE safety equipment that needs worn to the cleaning techniques that need to be used. Dirty water can carry bacteria and cause severe health problems. If you are not sure what type of loss you have or even if you do. Give us a call at (937) 354-3540 and we will get you dried up and taken care of!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (937) 354-3540

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.