Helpful Tips

The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that will help provide a smoother recovery process.

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• Obviously, it is extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are safe.
• Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
• Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
• Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are finished. (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, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage.
• Be Safe: A water event can present several potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done so safely.
• Water Source: It is 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 the power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet carpets or floors.
• Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
• Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use the vacuum cleaner.)
• Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
• Clothing/Fabrics: Transfer wet items to dry areas. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
• Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the situation.
• Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home safe. Even when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from the water that was used to put out the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
• Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can lead to more damage. It is best to enter the affected area on a mandatory basis and only if absolutely necessary.
• Appliances/Electronics: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
• Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet when possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
• Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
• Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
• Food Items: Don’t eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been subjected to excessive heat.
• Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
• Pets: Transfer any pets to a safe environment until your home has been fully cleaned and restored.
• Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
• Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your business or home has been damaged by fire, storm, water, mould or other disaster, Call Paul!