Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your residence can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that will help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed 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 possible.
- Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
- Is your house safe? Depending on the extent of the 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, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done so 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: Be sure to turn off the power to affected areas of the house. Never operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up 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. (Don’t use a 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: Relocate wet items to a dry place. Don’t allow draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of large furniture. Wipe any excess 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 tips to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene completely 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 that was used to diffuse the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short 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.
- Appliances/Electronics: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. 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 and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close all doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t eat any food exposed to smoke or any 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: Move any pets to a clean environment until your house has been cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Rinse plants with water and mild soap, 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!