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ITG FY03-4
5 June 2003
Table 2-1 RESPONSE GUIDELINES FOR WATER DAMAGE
WITHIN 24- 48 HOURS
WATER DAMAGED MATERIAL
RESPONSE ACTION
Books and Paper (see note below)
Discard non valuable items
Photocopy valuable items and discard originals
Carpet and Backing dry within
Remove water with water extraction vacuum
24-48 hours
Reduce humidity levels with dehumidifier
Accelerate drying process with fans
Ceiling Tiles
Discard and replace
Cellulose insulation
Discard and replace
Concrete or cinder block
Remove water with water extraction vacuum
Accelerate drying process with dehumidifiers, fans
and/or heaters
Fiberglass insulation
Discard and replace
Hard surface, porous flooring
HEPA vacuum or damp wipe with water and mild
(linoleum, ceramic tile, vinyl)
detergent and allow to dry; scrub if necessary.
Check to make sure under flooring is dry, and dry if
necessary.
Non-porous, hard surfaces
HEPA vacuum and damp wipe with water and mild
(plastics, metals)
detergent and allow to dry; scrub if necessary
Upholstered Furniture
Remove water with water extraction vacuum
Accelerate drying process with dehumidifiers, fans
and/or heaters
If valuable and unable to dry within 48 hours
restoration/water damage professional should be
consulted.
Wallboard (Drywall and gypsum
Dry in place if there is not obvious swelling and
board)
seams are intact. If not, remove, discard and
replace.
Ventilate wall cavity.
Window drapes
Follow laundering or cleaning instructions
recommended by the manufacturer.
Wood surfaces
Remove moisture immediately and use
dehumidifiers, gentle heat, and fans for drying.
(Use caution when applying heat to hardwood
floors).
Treated or finished wood surfaces may be cleaned
with a mild detergent and clean water and allowed
to dry.
Wood Paneling
Remove moisture immediately and use
dehumidifiers, gentle heat, and fans for drying.
Wet paneling should be pried away from the wall
for drying.
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