Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Do you know what to do if your home floods? Chances are if you have never had water damage, or you don’t live in a flood zone, you haven’t. Do you know if your home would be covered by your homeowners or renters insurance if you have an accidental flood?
Maybe a broken pipe, too much rain, or maybe someone leaves the garden hose on and floods the basement. ,
Your homeowners and rental insurance will cover some damage from rain, but if your home is filled with water as a result of rising bodies of lakes, rivers, or a lot of rain, it won't cover you. If you’re taking out a mortgage on a property that’s in a high-risk zone (also called a Special Hazard Flood Area), your lender will require you to buy a policy in order to get the loan. Make sure to talk to your insurance agent to know your risk and what you policy covers, before your home is impacted by water damage.
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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.