Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your house can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that will help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Obviously, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your relatives and friends to inform 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 personal belongings or goods that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 finished. (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 helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are very 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 areas of the property. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up drying in the summer or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not 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: Transport wet items to a dry place. Don’t 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 under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any extra water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene 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 put out the fire, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very 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 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 checked by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not consume food items exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been exposed 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: Transport all pets to a clean environment until your property has been fully cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Wash plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your home or business has been damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!