• Find the source of the water and stop it, if possible.
  • Turn off the main circuit breakers to the structure. Do not operate electrical equipment in wet areas.
  • If safe, remove furnishings from wet carpet to avoid staining.
  • If safe, remove breakable items and items that are susceptible to water damage.
  • If safe, remove or lift curtains and other hanging items that touch the floor to avoid damage and staining.
  • Do not run fans or air conditioning if the damage is caused by flooding or a sewage leak. Doing so can spread contamination.
  • Open doors and windows to allow air into the structure.
  • Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and disinfect tools and equipment used in water damage cleanup.