Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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How to Prevent Water Damage

  • Making sure your drainage system is working properly:

    • Clean your gutters
    • Aim the downspout 6-12' inches from your foundation
  • Check your sump pump:

    • Test your sump pump once a year
    • During storm season test more frequently
  • Fix water leaks:
    • Repair any leaks (Foundation, Pipes, Windows, etc.
    • Inspect your roof for any needed repairs
    • Check for darker spots under your pipes
  • Shut Off the Water 
    • Homeowners can shut off valves for appliances or the main water supply.
    • If the plumbing is unreliable or temperatures are expected to drop below freezing while you are away, shutting off the water can be the best way to avoid water pipe repair. Be sure to drain pipes by running faucets and flushing toilets.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (515) 233-4544

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects 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 and 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 television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.