Until Help Arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety.

  • Is it safe to stay in my house?
  • Electrical and slippery hazards are central concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to execute.
  • Wet materials can be extremely heavy – be careful!

What to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and other items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foul or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summertime.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove pieces of art to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do after flooding:

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs/leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fan if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Flood damage inside a New Orleans home.