What to Do in a Water Emergency?

A water leak can cause serious damage, especially if it goes too long before it’s noticed. Buddy’s team is available¬† 24/7 so we can respond right away when there is a problem. However, there some things you can do prevent any further problems before we arrive.

Water Damage Do’s

  • Eliminate the source of water
  • Turn off circuit breakers to wet areas to prevent risk of electrical shock. Unplug and remove electrical devices located on wet floor coverings or other wet surfaces.
  • Do remove and secure as many small furniture items as possible to minimize rust or stains and expedite restoration.
  • Place aluminum foil or strong baggies under legs of wood furniture (especially antiques) to protect furniture and prevent the migrating of furniture stain into the carpet fibers.
  • Do hang up draperies and pinup furniture skirts if possible to prevent contact with wet floor coverings, minimizing damage such as water marks, browning and dye transfer.
  • Do remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants or other items that may stain the carpet. Check under beds and in closets.
  • Do remove and secure breakables, moisture sensitive or high valuable items.
  • Do make plans for restoration crews to remove large furniture items from affected areas.

Water Damage Don’ts

  • Don’t operate electrical equipment while standing on a wet surface.
  • Don’t place newspaper on wet surfaces. Newspaper ink transfers easily to carpet.
  • Don’t walk on wet surfaces any more than necessary in order to minimize safety hazards and to keep from spreading damage and possible contaminates.
  • Don’t activate your heating or air conditioning system if it has been in direct contact with water or especially sewage. It may spread contamination.
  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
  • Don’t attempt to dry on your own. You run the risk of causing more damage to your home or business.
  • Don’t delay! Call Buddy at 417.833.1732