checklistAs hurriedly as possible, do away with the source of the water!

  • If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas and remove any small electrical devices from those areas.
  • To minimize damage, avoid walking on wet carpet any more than necessary.
  • Remove small furnishings from carpet, or place aluminum foil under legs, to help prevent rust or furniture stains, which may become permanent.
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors, which helps to prevent watermarks.
  • Remove breakables, moisture-sensitive and high-value items, books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, and any other items that may stain floor coverings. (Remember to check under beds and other furniture.)
  • Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into unaffected dry areas.
  • Make sure to practice good personal hygiene after handling affected items.
  • To avoid the chance of electrical shock, do not use a home vacuum or shop vac to remove water.
  • If sewage related, do not handle any contaminated items and do not turn on fans, heating, or air conditioning units as they may spread the contamination.


Why It Is Necessary to Act Quickly

While each case is unique, water damage typically follows a similar pattern.

To illustrate the importance of addressing the emergency as quickly as possible, here is what typically occurs over time.

Less than an hour

  • Moving water quickly spreads to other areas.
  • Furniture may stain carpet permanently.
  • Moisture-sensitive furniture may discolor.
  • Paper goods are ruined.

1–24 Hours

  • Furniture delaminates or swells; legs can split.
  • Pressed wood swells and disintegrates.
  • Bacterial odor becomes apparent.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces may tarnish.
  • Normal household odors strengthen.

2–7 Days

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a “musty” odor.
  • Musical instruments swell and warp.
  • Drywall swells and disintegrates.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces begin to rust.
  • Door and window casings swell and distort or delaminate.
  • Wood decking and studs begin to swell, warp, or split.
  • Electronic components may malfunction.
  • Occupants with respiratory problems or compromised immune systems can experience distress.

One week and longer

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a “musty” odor.
  • Wood components warp and split.
  • Chemicals within wood dissolve, discolor, or destroy finishes.
  • Claim costs escalate dramatically.

Serious occupant health hazards may occur.

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