Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your residence can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that can help provide a smoother recovery process.
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• Of course, it is always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are secure 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 you can.
• Keep a listing of any and 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 cleanup and repairs are complete. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage.
• Be Safe: A water event can present many possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done safely.
• Water Source: It is very important to shut off the water. For most, the main shut-off valve is located either in your garage or utility room, or outside, next to your water meter
• Electrical: Be sure to turn off all power to affected rooms of the house. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
• Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
• Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not use the vacuum cleaner.)
• Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
• Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to a dry area. Don’t allow draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
• Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the situation.
• Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene safe. Even when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water used to extinguish 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. It is best to enter the affected area on a mandatory basis and only if absolutely necessary.
• Appliances/Electronics: Never 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 using a rolled towel.
• Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
• Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
• Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
• Food Items: Do not eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned goods that have been exposed 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: Transfer any and 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 storm, fire, mould, water or other disaster, Call Paul!