The worst has happened – there’s water inside your home or business. If immediate safety isn’t a concern, your first thought is likely to be “How can I limit loss?” Help is on the way but there are actions you can take right away to minimize water damage to your Cincinnati, OH, property.

Evaluate the Scene

First and foremost, make sure your property is safe to work in. Flooding can cause injury through slick surfaces and electrical malfunctions. Make sure it’s safe to begin preliminary actions to minimize water damage to your Cincinnati property before you step foot in the space. Take special care and be aware of your surroundings and possible changing conditions.

Get the Water Out

Start by getting as much of the water as you can out of your Ohio property. Remove excess water on floors and surfaces by mopping and blotting.  Be sure to wipe off furniture surfaces and open drawers and cabinets to ensure there is no excess water located inside. If there is, get it out and wipe the inside surfaces down as well.

Get Back Up

Water-logged materials can be incredibly heavy without seeming so. The additional weight added by water should be evaluated before any items are moved. When moving water damaged materials like carpets and upholstered furniture, practice safe lifting techniques and make each move a team lift. Throwing out your back in the midst of a flood will add insult to injury when dealing with water damage in your Cincinnati, OH, property.

Get Your Stuff Out and Up

If the weather is amicable, remove your water damaged furniture and items from the house so that they have an opportunity to dry outdoors. At Carrara, one of our favorite tricks to save furniture from water-logged carpets is to place aluminum foil under the feet to act as a barrier between the moisture. Any prized positions or pieces of art should be removed to avoid additional damage from moisture even if they were not directly affected by flood waters.