Do’s and Don’ts When Water Strikes

Water is an essential part of many cleaning processes, but it can also be harmful. You can reduce the effect water damage can have on your home with prompt and wise action. Some procedures are obvious; others require foresight and experience. We’ve compiled a list of emergency tips from many years of experience in water damage repair and cleaning.


  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying (check for possible bleeding)
  • Place aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying in summer; open windows to speed drying in winter
  • Open drawers and cabinets for complete drying (do not force)
  • Remove valuable oil paintings and art to a safe place
  • Blot wet carpeting with clean white towels
  • Open suitcases and luggage to dry in sunlight if possible
  • Punch small holes in sagging ceilings to relieve trapped water (don’t forget to place pans beneath!)
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water


  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet

If you have any additional questions about how you can help minimize water damage, please give us a call.

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