DO identify the source of the incoming water and, if possible, stop it or call a professional to handle it.
DO remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting with clean white towels.
DO use humidifiers if the outside temperature is over 60 degrees.
DO leave the heat on if the weather is cool. If weather is warm, use the air conditioner (on it’s “dehumidify” setting if possible).
DO use fans to speed drying. You want to circulate the air.
DO dry furniture with an absorbent cloth.
DO get draperies up, away from the moisture. Look them through a coat hanger and hang them, doubled up, from the drapery rod.
DO let air circulate around all sides of wet furniture cushions. Prop them up or remove them to a dry area.
DO put furniture on small blocks of wood or aluminum foil, to keep water from traveling up and into the legs.
DO take wet area rugs and other wet floor coverings out to dry. For permanently installed coverings (such as wall-to-wall carpet or vinyl flooring that water may have seeped under), you first may want to consult a professional.
DO open or remove anything enclosed that may be wet or be restricting the flow of air. Such as closet doors, furniture drawers, and luggage.
DO get paintings, photos, and art objects to a location that’s safe and dry.
DO remove wet fabrics. Dry them as soon as you can. Furs and leather goods should be hung to dry. Keep them separate and at room temperature.
DO remove damp books from shelves. Spread them out to dry. In case of valuable books, consult a specialty drying professional.
DO turn off all electrical appliances in and around the area affected by water to reduce electrical hazards.
DO remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants or other items which may stain carpet. (check especially under beds and in closets).
DO wipe as much excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table-top items.
DO place aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
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