Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that can help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it’s always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure and that you contact your relatives and friends to let them know you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
- Keep a listing of all household personal belongings or goods you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
- Is your house safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are complete. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done so safely.
- Water Source: It is very important to turn off the water. For most, the main shut-off valve is located either in your garage or utility room, or outside, next to the water meter.
- Electrical: Turn off all power to affected areas of the house. Do not operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist with drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to dry places. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home completely safe. Even after the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water used to diffuse the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can lead to more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Electronics/Appliances: Do not use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected areas to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never consume food exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Relocate all pets to a clean environment until your house has been restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your home or business is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!