The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your home 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’s always 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 possible.
- Keep a listing of all 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 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’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 possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done so 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 all power to affected rooms of the house. Do not operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use the 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: Move wet items to a dry place. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of large 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 situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the property 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 extinguish the fire, and 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 short time, entry by a person can lead to 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 stereo, TV or other electrical 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 ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never consume 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: Transport any and all pets to a safe environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your home or business has been damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!