water damageThe Right Things To Do  When You Find a Flood

  • Turn off the water at the source
  • 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
  • Wipe furniture dry
  • Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod
  • Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs
  • Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings to non-affected area 
  • Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying
  • Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location
  • Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry
  • If damage occurs during a cool season, leave heat on; if in summer, use an air conditioner if possible (provided water has not entered the ducts)

Things Not To Do When You Find a Flood

  • Do not use an ordinary household vacuum or shop vac to remove water (you could incur an electrical shock)
  • Do not go near contaminated (sewer) water
  • Do not turn on fans, heating or air conditioning units if water is sewage-related as they may spread the contamination
  • Do not use electrical appliances and outlets while in wet areas
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on
  • Do not turn on your heating and/or air conditioning system if water has traveled in or through the ducts
  • Do not let children or the elderly enter the affected areas


Do not wait to call for professional help. Damage from the water and bacteria growth can begin within hours.    ACME Water Damage  is available 24/7/365 to handle your water emergency. Call 480-948-1998 day or night.