The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your residence can often be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that can 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 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 any household personal belongings or goods that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
- Is your house 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 have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present many possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are real. Keep in mind, 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 your water meter.
- Electrical: Turn off the power to affected areas of the home. Do not operate your television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in the summer 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 wet 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. Do not allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. 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 a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house 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 the water used to put out 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 effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can create more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never eat food items 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 two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transfer all pets to a safe environment until your home has been cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your home or business is damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!