Water damage Do’s and Don’ts

Water getting out of control in your home or business can lead to an absolute water damage disaster. When you have uncontrolled water release, it spreads across surfaces, following a path of least resistance. Within minutes or hours, water absorption can lead to discoloration, swelling, adhesive release, delamination, warping, and splitting of building materials. These are few of the tangible damages, but water damage also causes humidity due to evaporation which leads to mold and moisture damage. It is important to take immediate action when you witness a suspicious body of water, however, there are Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to dealing with any kind of water damage.


Find out the source of water and eliminate it as soon as you can.

If safe, turn of circuit breakers supplying electricity to areas experiencing water damage and unplug electric devices located in the wet areas.

Ventilate the area affected by water damage to provide air circulation.

Remove the water from the surfaces with the help of sponges or cloths.

Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying.

Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid water damage like water marks.

Remove wet rugs and carpets when the hardwood floors are at risk.

Overall, remove the items that are moisture-sensitive or of high-value.


Try to use any sort of vacuum due the risk of being electrocuted.

Place papers like newspapers to soak up the water, since the ink transfers easily on the surface.

Change the temperature unless instructed by a home restoration professional.

Turn the heating or air condition system (on or off?) if your property experienced a flood.

It is very important to take the right steps to prevent severe water damage from even a simple leak. However, these situations can easily get stressful and out of control. Get help from a home restoration company if you are unsure of what you are doing, so you do not add more to the water damage.

Rainbow International can provide the best home restoration services when you need to clean up your water damage. Call us today at 701-412-4776 to ensure that your property is safe from water damage.