Utah Water Damage FAQ
Water damage comes in three forms:
Clear water is clean water that floods from a broken water line into your home. This would include drinking water, or water that you would use for bathing.
Gray water is dirty water that is contaminated but not too harmful. It may contain bacteria and other microorganisms from the dishwasher or a toilet overflow.
Black water is highly contaminated and may contain human waste and harmful chemicals from the sewage system.
I Have Water Damage to My Property, Now What?
- Do not drink or prepare food with tap water; it may be contaminated.
- Open windows and doors if possible to air and dry out your home.
- Do not use candles or light a match because gas lines may be damaged.
- Do not stand or come in contact with standing floodwater; it may be contaminated with oil or sewage.
- Keep children and pets out of flooded area.
- Clean clothing in hot water and decontaminate upholstered furniture.
- Block off non-contaminated areas and try not to track waste from one area to another.
- Do not use heat in an effort to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded-moisture damage may result.
- Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air-conditioning for accelerated drying in summer; in winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
- Ventilate wet areas. Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting
- Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
- Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Transport computers to a dry environment and blow-dry with low-pressure air.
- Remove lamps, telephones, and decorative items from wet furniture tops.
- Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
- Freeze valuable books and documents that are wet, until drying can be performed.
- Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers, or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.
- Do not operate TV’s, vacuums, or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
- Do not leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible.