Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your house can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that will help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it’s extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are safe and that you contact your friends and relatives to assure them that you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
- Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
- Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the amount of 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 Paul Davis to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform 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 the water meter.
- Electrical: Be sure to turn off the power to affected rooms of the property. Don’t operate the TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Get rid of 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: Transport wet items to a dry place. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the property 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 extinguish the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can lead to extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Do not use 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 using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t eat food items exposed to smoke or canned items that have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transfer all pets to a clean environment until your property 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 fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!