The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your house is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that will help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Of course, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
    • Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are done. (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, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present several potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done safely.
      • Water Source: It is 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: Turn off the power to affected rooms of the house. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to speed up drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to a dry area. Do not 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 extra water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the damage:

      • 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 the water that was used to extinguish the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are 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 short period of time, entry by a person can cause extra 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 stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked 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 or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not consume food exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been exposed to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner 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: Clean plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

If your business or home is damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!