- Ventilate wet areas. Turn on an air conditioner or to accelerate drying time in the summer; in the winter alternate between opening windows and using your heater.
- Remove any standing water by sponging, blotting or using a wet vac.
- Stay out of rooms that have damaged ceilings.
- Remove lamps, telephones and items from tops of wet furniture.
- Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, do not force open.
- Freeze valuable books and documents to keep out mildew growth until proper drying can be done.
- Place china saucers, wood blocks or aluminum foil squares under furniture legs to prevent carpet staining.
- Know where your water cut off is.
- Operate any electrical appliance while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially concrete floors. This could cause serious injury.
- Use heat to dry out a closed building. This could cause damage from mildew and expanded moisture.
- Leave wet fabric in place; space them apart and try as soon as possible.
Fire & Smoke Damage
- Open windows for ventilation.
- Board up windows or roofs to prevent further damage.
- Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is turned off and prop doors open to allow circulation.
- Turn off the heating and air conditioning unit and replace the filter before turning back on.
- Remove pets to a cleaner and safer environment.
- Use upholstered furniture that has smoke damage.
- Use computers or other electrical appliances until properly cleaned and checked out.
- Wipe or wash fire or smoke residue from walls, ceilings or fabrics.
- Use food precuts subjected to high temperatures.