*WARNING: Do not use a home vacuum or shop vac to remove water to avoid the chance of electrical shock.

  • Eliminate the source of the water as quickly as possible. This is essential to minimize water damage.
  • If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas and remove any small electrical devices from those areas.
  •  If sewage related, do not handle any contaminated items and do not turn on fans, heating, or air conditioning units as they may spread the contamination.
  • Remove small furnishings from carpet or place aluminum foil under the legs to help prevent rust or furniture stains which may become permanent.
  • Help prevent walking on wet carpet to minimize damage.
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors and prevent watermarks on fabric.
  • Remove breakables, moisture-sensitive and high-value items, books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, and any other items that may stain floor coverings. Remember to check under beds and other furniture.
  • Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into unaffected dry areas.
  •  Be sure to practice good personal hygiene after handling any wet items.

The IICRC recommends you do not attempt to treat the water damage yourself, but hire an IICRC- certified water restoration firm such as Thompson’s Steam Way, Inc. (24/7 phone: 928-713-0560) to assess and repair damage caused by the water. Our certified professionals can also locate hidden damage to ceilings, walls and contents caused by moisture in structural components.

Thompson’s Steam Way, Inc. (Emergency phone: 928-713-0560) provides one –hour response time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week .* We are a IICRC-certified flood damage restoration company. Thompson’s also bills your insurance company directly.

Emergency Checklist for Water Damage – Following is an emergency checklist you can follow as soon as you notice damage*

Emergency Checklist for Water Damage