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Recover from water damage

Take these steps if your home has been impacted by water.

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Stop the source if you haven't already
If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, try to find the closest shut-off valve and turn it off. If water is coming in through the roof or broken windows, cover as best you can with tarps or plastic sheeting.

Document the damage

  • Take photos and videos.
  • Save all damaged items, your insurance company may want to inspect them.
  • Keep a list of the temporary repairs you make.
  • Save all claim-related bills and receipts.

Protect your belongings

  • Move wet items to drier areas.
  • Place aluminum foil, coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet floors.
  • Remove area rugs from the floor; dyes in carpets can stain carpeting and floors.
  • Clean up as much water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels.
  • When safe to do so, use fans to circulate air and speed up drying.

Call a professional
After you report your claim to the insurance company, use a water mitigation specialist of your choice to clean up the water and dry your home. Ask your claims adjuster if they can recommend an approved company.

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