After water, fire, smoke, or vandalism
damage to your home, your prompt action can minimize long-term damage.
The safe and simple steps listed in this brochure can assist you in
restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Incorrect actions can
be costly mistakes. These "Do's" and "Don'ts" are listed for your
information and protection.
Remove as much excess
water as possible by mopping and blotting.
Remove wet insulation and
Turn on air conditioning
for maximum drying in summer; heat area to 74- 76 degrees and operate
dehumidifier and fans until dry in winter.
Remove or prop up wet
upholstery cushions for even drying.
Wipe up excess water from
wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
Put aluminum foil, china
saucers, or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
Remove all valuables, art
objects, paintings, jewelry, etc. to a safe place.
Blot wet carpeting with
clean white towels and lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat
hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
Remove wet fabrics and dry
them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry
separately at room temperature.
Do not attempt to use any
electrical appliances that have been exposed to water, or to use any
appliance while standing on wet floors (tile, carpet, concrete, or vinyl).
Do not turn on ceiling
fixtures if ceiling is wet - wiring may be damaged. Keep out of
rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not use an ordinary
household vacuum to remove water
- Do not go into rooms with
standing water if the electricity is still on.
- Do not lift tacked down
carpet without professional help.
- Do not wait to call for
professional help! Damage from water, mold, and bacteria growth
can begin within hours and can be potentially harmful to your health