How to handle a water emergency

Water emergencies are not a common occurrence, but if one does happen, there are some things you can do to minimize the damage. Here is a list of a few tips for you to keep in mind to help minimize damage while you wait for professional help.

Water Damage: Emergency Checklist

  • If possible, you may need to turn the water main off.
  • If it is safe to do so, turn off electric at main panel. Do not take any chances.
  • Remove small furnishings from carpeted areas and place aluminum foil under furniture legs. This helps prevent permanent rust and furniture staining.
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors.
  • Remove any breakables, high value, or sentimental items. Don't forget to check under beds and other large pieces of furniture.
  • Call a Water Restoration Specialist like Stanley Steemer. We work directly with your insurance company.
  • Be sure to make space available. Restoration crews may need to move furniture from the affected area to a dry area.