Water damage strategies to prevent mold within 24 to 48 hours


Books and papers

  • For non-valuable items, discard books and papers
  • Photocopy valuable/important items, discard originals
  • Freeze (in frost-free freezer or meat locker) or freeze-dry

Carpet & Backing - Dry Within 24-48 Hours

  • Remove water with water extraction vacuum
  • Reduce ambient humidity levels with dehumidifier
  • Accelerate drying process with fans

Ceiling tiles

Discard and replace


  • Discard and replace

Upholstered furniture

  • Remove water with water extraction vacuum
  • Accelerate drying process with dehumidifiers, fans, and/or heaters
  • May be difficult to completely dry within 48 hours. If the piece is valuable, you may wish to consult a restoration/water damage professional who specializes in furniture

Wallboard (Drywall and gypsum board)

  • May be dried in place if there is no obvious swelling and the seams are intact. If not, remove, discard, and replace
  • Ventilate the wall cavity, if possible

Windows and 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 mild detergent and clean water and allowed to dry
  • Wet paneling should be pried away from wall for drying








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