The aftermath of any disaster that has affected your house is most often traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it is always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your friends and relatives to assure them that you are 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 discarded 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 finished. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done so safely.
- Water Source: It is 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 the water meter.
- Electrical: Be sure to 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 on your air conditioner to speed updrying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use the 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 dry places. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some helpful tips to help handle with the damage:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property safe. Even after the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water that was used to put out the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely 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 additional 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 inspected by a technician. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been subjected 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 all pets to a safe environment until your house has been completely cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your business or home has been damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!