Water Damage

The following Emergency Tips were compiled by members and staff of the National Institute of Disaster Restoration based on their wide experience with various types of damage. It is not likely that your situation will require all of these procedures. Apply those which common sense indicates are appropriate.

Water damage arises from fire damage, broken pipes, blocked drains, malfunctioning appliances, storms and other causes. The appropriate treatment depends on the nature of the damage. Some water carries contaminants and should be considered hazardous (see Sewage and Flood Damage). Whatever the origin the prospects for restoration depend largely on the speed with which your building and personal property can be dried. Even clean water can generate mildew and other bacterial growth if neglected.

Do …Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air conditioning for accelerated drying in summer. In winter alternate cycles of opened windows and heatingRemove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blottingTake up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk

Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air

Remove lamps, telephones and decorative items from wet furniture tops

Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors

Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed

Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining

Do Not …Operate TV’s, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Serious injury may resultUse heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded moisture damage may resultLeave wet fabrics in place, space them apart and dry as soon as possible

Disclaimer: The information and our technical advice – whether verbal or in writing or by way of trials – are given in good faith, but without warranty, and this also applies where proprietary rights of third parties are involved. Our advice does not release you from the obligation to check its validity and to test products as to the suitability for the intended processes and uses.