Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your house can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that can help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure 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 you can.
- Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 completed. (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, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several potential 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 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 home. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist with drying in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t 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: Transfer wet items to dry places. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some tips to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene completely safe. Even after 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 scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be completed 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.
- Electronics/Appliances: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected areas to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned items 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 safe environment until your home has been restored and cleaned.
- 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 storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!