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Emergency Kits: Must-Have Items for Water Damage Situations

10/18/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage emergencies can happen at any time, leaving you scrambling to gather the necessary supplies to protect your home and belongings. Having an emergency kit prepared beforehand can save you time and reduce overall damages. In this blog post, we will provide you with essential items to include in your water damage emergency kit.

Protective Gear

Gloves: Wear appropriate gloves to protect yourself from contaminated water, mold, and other hazardous materials.

Goggles: Eye protection can prevent injuries from debris, mold, and dust.

Mask: An N95 respirator mask filters out mold spores, dust, and other airborne contaminants.


Flashlights: Power outages often accompany water damage situations, so having a flashlight or two on hand can help you navigate your home's dark areas.

Multi-tool: A multi-tool with pliers, screwdrivers, and other attachments can come in handy for repairs and drying out areas.

Sump pump: For significant flooding, a sump pump can help remove standing water.

Cleaning Supplies

Buckets: A few buckets can come in handy for collecting water and debris during the cleanup process.

Mops and towels: Use mops and towels to soak up excess water and reduce moisture levels.

Disinfectant: Disinfecting surfaces can help prevent mold growth and eliminate bacteria and viruses.

Restoration Supplies

Dehumidifier: Removing excess moisture and humidity is vital in preventing mold growth and reducing drying times.

Fans: Aiming fans at wet areas can speed up the drying process and circulate clean air.

Plastic sheeting and tape: Use these supplies to seal off damaged areas and prevent further losses.


Emergency contact list: Include the numbers for your insurance provider, restoration company, and local emergency services.

Important documents: Keep important documents in a waterproof container, including insurance policy information, identification cards, and birth certificates.

Food and Water

Non-perishable food: Stock up on non-perishable foods like granola bars, canned goods, and peanut butter that can provide sustenance during power outages or when you can't leave your home.

Bottled water: Keep several gallons of bottled water on hand in case water supplies become compromised.

Remember, a water damage emergency kit is only effective if you keep it up-to-date and easily accessible. That means checking the contents regularly, replacing expired supplies, and keeping it in a visible and easily accessible location. Being prepared with a well-stocked emergency kit can ease some of the stress and help you act quickly when your commercial water damage emergencies arise. Stay safe and take proactive measures to protect your home, business and family from the unexpected.

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