Move your belongings out of the way of water.
The quicker you’re able to get to your belongings that are in the way of the water, the better chance you have at salvaging them. If you have a second floor, that could be the place for many of your belongings from downstairs.
Stay away from any electrical appliances, including the TV.
In fact, it’s better if you can unplug anything electrical - even your personal electronics. Using any of these appliances or devices could be extremely dangerous, especially if they’ve been touched by the water damage.
Eliminate excess water (if possible).
Depending on the cause and size of the water damage, you may be able to get rid of some of the water yourself before the professionals arrive. However, if the damage is extensive and caused from a natural disaster (like a hurricane, tornado, heavy rain storm, etc.) it’s always safer to wait for the professionals.
Remove water from wood furniture.
You’ll likely need to move some things around, especially your furniture (or things on your furniture). Wood can absorb the water if left for extended periods of time, causing extensive damage to the furniture and putting it at risk for mold growth. If you can remove any excess water from your wood furniture, it’s highly recommended.
Move all objects away from carpeting.
Often times, you don’t have time to prepare for a disaster like a flood. That means you may have objects laying around your home, specifically on the floor. If there are colored items on your carpeting - like magazines, books, rugs, etc. - it’s best to move all of these objects away from the floor and to higher ground.
Has your home been affected by the recent weather? Are you dealing with water damage? Don’t hesitate to contact your local restoration company, The Steam Team!