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Emergency Tips for Water Damage

The harmful effect of water is sharply reduced by prompt and wise action.

First: BE SAFE

  • Make sure electricity is OFF before entering a room with standing water.
  • Do not use electrical appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Leave the premises if the water is contaminated with sewage. This is a major health and structural hazard.
  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.

Second: GET HELP

  • Call us at (717) 394-3464. Our truck can remove over a hundred gallons of water in an hour. 
  • Damage from the water and bacteria growth can begin within hours if water is not removed.
  • If not detected and treated properly within 48 hours, mold can create serious ongoing consequences, including illness. For more information from the EPA on mold and mildew, click here.


Third: DO WHAT YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Punch small holes in sagging ceilings to relieve trapped water. (Don’t forget to place pans beneath!)
  • Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings.
  • Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a plastic (not wire) 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.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. (Check for possible bleeding.)
  • Wipe water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Open furniture drawerscloset doors and luggage to enhance drying. (Do not force.)
  • Place aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move photospaintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location.
  • Do not leave booksmagazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
  • Remove damp books from shelves; spread out to dry or freeze them.
  • If the outside temperature is above 60 °F, use dehumidifiers if available.
  • If damage occurs during a cool season leave heat on 60 °F; if damage occurs in summer, use an air conditioner if available.
  • Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpets incorrectly could promote shrinkage or backing deterioration.
  • Use fans to circulate air and assist drying if the damage just happened.