What to do AFTER Water Damage Occurs
Understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical.
Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source. Rainwater is also considered clean. Gray water is slightly contaminated water; clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, and chemicals. Black water is usually caused by sewage leaks, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should ALWAYS be handled by a trained professional.
Make sure you:
-Shut off the water source if possible or contact someone to do it.
-Turn off circuit breakers if safe from potential electrical shock. DO NOT enter rooms with standing water.
-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing tabletop items. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions.
-Move any paintings, art, computers, documents, and other items of value to a safe place.
-Do not leave any books, newspapers, or magazines on wet carpet.
-Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to extract water since there is potential for electrical shock.
-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and do not enter the room if the ceiling is sagging.