Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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How to Remove Water Stains From Wood:

  • Buff the area affected by water immediately after damage happens with a soft, cotton cloth such as a diaper. Soft cotton will absorb the water without scratching the wood.
  • Try your best to buff with the woods grain for best results
  • If you still see water marks try using a blow-dryer on a low setting before it sets into the wood. If you do not use a low setting your previous water mark will turn into a heat mark.
  • After you have removed the water stain, to make the wood look fresh and new buff the surface with an oil-based furniture polish.

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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.