Water Damage Do’s and Don’ts

Sooner or later, your home will have a water leak. Water leaks can cause clean water damage as well as chemical and biological pollution. Depending on what caused the leak, you should be aware of proper clean up and remediation techniques before water damage turns into mold or rot. Here are some tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when you are faced with water damage.

  • Don’t Panic – Call Us Immediately.  Time is not on your side  – act quickly to prevent water damage.
  • Do not try to clean up standing water yourself with a vacuum cleaner!
  • Do not use electrical appliances or electrical equipment in flooded i.e. wet flooring or carpets.
  • Do not put you or your loved ones in jeopardy by going into a room that is flooded with electricity on.
  • Do not try to remove carpeting on your own this will shrinkage causing damage.
  • Stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.
  • Do not store damp items in plastic bags — this will cause mold to grow.
  • Do not place newspaper on wet surfaces since newspaper ink transfers easily.


  • Do Call PRS of Tampa Bay
  • Shut off the water ASAP to prevent any further safety hazards i.e., electrical shock and personal injury from slips and falls.
  • Quickly remove if you can furniture out of flooded areas.
  • Open windows, doors, drawers, cupboards and closets to allow for air circulation and start drying wet and damp areas.
  • Turn on air conditioning if flooding occurs in summer.
  • Turn on heater if flooding occurs in winter

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