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ARK Professionals will likely be needed to complete your cleanup, but following the steps on this page will help minimize secondary damage.

Water Damage

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What you should do after flooding in your house:
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
What you should NOT do after flooding:
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

MOLDS

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Molds thrive in soil, on plant life and on decaying organic matter. In nature, this helps in the process of natural decay and rebirth. Molds come in a variety of colors, from ghostly white to black, gray, green and blue. There are even references to mold in ancient Greek, Roman and Hebrew literature, including: “If the defiling mold reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mold has spread in the house, it is a persistent defiling mold; the house is unclean. It must be torn down – its stones, timbers and all the plaster – and taken out of the town to an unclean place.” Leviticus 14:43-45 (New International Version).