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BEFORE ENTERING THE AFFECTED AREA - check to see If any dangers remain from:

  1. Water continuing to enter the area
  2. Possible shock or electrocution hazards from affected electrical systems, light fixtures affected by water, etc.
  3. Exposure to dangerous chemicals or biohazards due to the type of water (sewer vs. clean) or material it has collected or released during the event
  4. Possible collapse of structural or sagging finish construction materials such as drywall ceilings, etc.

If you are uncertain about any of these conditions. DO NOT enter the area.



  1. Remove undamaged contents from the area (leaving these items in high humidity can cause damage to them as the area dries).
  2. Wipe dry all affected wood contents and non-porous contents including wall hangings (never leave wet clothing, fabrics or paper products in the area because they can develop mold quickly).
  3. Remove excess water from upholstered furniture, area rugs, etc. and allow to dry by exposing as much surface area to air movement (never use your vacuum cleaner unless it is specifically labeled for wet use).
  4. Place wood or foil between furniture and wet carpeting.
  5. Remove electronic items from the area to a dry area (do not turn them on until they have been deemed dry).
  6. Do not dispose of contents until you have photographed them, and your adjuster has approved it.


  1. Pump out. mop, wipe or blot floors and walls to remove excess water.
  2. Increase air circulation in the affected areas.
  3. Turn on air conditioning to aid in the drying process.