Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis offers 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 pets) are secure and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are all safe.
• Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
• Keep a listing of all household personal belongings or goods that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
• Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs are completed. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)

Water Damage Tips
You have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, listed 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 electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done 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 your water meter
• Electrical: Turn off the power to affected areas of the house. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
• Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
• Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use the vacuum cleaner.)
• Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
• Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to dry areas. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
• Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some helpful tips to help deal with the situation.
• 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 the water used to diffuse the fire, as well as scraped and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
• Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can create extra damage. It is best to enter the affected area on a mandatory basis and only if absolutely necessary.
• Electronics/Appliances: Do not use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a professional. 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 “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
• Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
• Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
• Food Items: Don’t consume food exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been exposed to excessive heat.
• Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
• Pets: Transport any and all pets to a safe environment until your house has been cleaned and restored.
• Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
• Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your home or business is damaged by fire, storm, water, mould or other disaster, Call Paul!