Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your residence can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that should 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 unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
- Keep a listing of all household personal belongings or goods you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
- Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are complete. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, listed below are helpful 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. 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 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 all power to affected areas of the home. Do not operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to aid in drying in the summer or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transfer wet items to a dry area. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger 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 tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home 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 used to put out the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are 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 short period of time, entry by a person can cause additional damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Electronics/Appliances: Do not 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.
- Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned products 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: Transfer all pets to a clean environment until your home has been fully cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your business or home has been damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!