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Emergency Tips

Water Damage Do's:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping ceramic or vinyl floors. Wipe as much excess water as possible from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table-top items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying (check for bleeding of colour)
  • Place aluminium foil, or plastic bags between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove oriental rugs or other coloured rugs from wet carpeting
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for complete drying (Do not force open)
  • Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe place
  • 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 underneath) If possible, keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging
  • Vacate the areas affected by sewage backflows

Water Damage Do Not's:

  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible

  • Leave books, magazines or other coloured items on wet carpets or floors

  • Use your household vacuum to remove water

  • Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors

  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet

  • Put newspaper or coloured towels on the carpet

  • Attempt to cut carpet seams or lift carpet


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