The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing With Water Damage After Flooding

Water Damage After FloodingMake no mistake, water damage after flooding is an emergency situation. There may be life-threatening hazards, structural damage issues and potential health dangers from contamination. In addition, property loss can be substantial. How you handle the event and its immediate aftermath are critical and may have a major impact on both the amount of loss as well as the progress of professional restoration.

Here are some dos and dont’s to keep in mind if you ever find yourself confronting water damage after flooding:


  • Ensure it’s safe to enter the home.
  • Remember that water saturated materials may be dangerously heavy.
  • Use mops or heavy towels and rags to soak up excess water.
  • Wipe water off of wood furniture after removing any items such as lamps.
  • Move wet cushions and other upholstered objects outside and prop them up to dry.
  • Put aluminum foil, plastic saucers or wood blocks beneath furniture legs to protect wet carpeting.
  • If weather permits, turn on the A/C system to expedite drying and aid indoor air quality.
  • Remove any colored objects from contact with wet carpeting.
  • Take art objects and family heirlooms to a dry place that can be secured against theft.
  • Remove all loose objects from floors and put them in a central location.

Don’t …

  • Leave wet fabrics and absorbent objects where they are. Transport them outdoors or to a dry room to dry or dispose of them.
  • Put books, magazine or other printed material in contact with wet carpet.
  • Attempt to use a conventional household vacuum to pick up water.
  • Turn on major appliances or the television.
  • urn on recessed ceiling lights if the ceiling appears saturated or damp.

For more dos and don’ts of water damage after flooding, talk to the water damage professionals at Rytech.

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