Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your property can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that should help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it is always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your relatives and friends to assure them that you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
- Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 complete. (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 some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done so safely.
- Water Source: It is very 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 your water meter.
- Electrical: Turn off all power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate your television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying during the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to a dry area. Don’t allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath 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 us to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house 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 the water used to extinguish 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 aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can create more 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 TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if at all possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t consume food exposed to smoke or canned items that have been subjected 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 any and all pets to a safe environment until your home has been completely restored and cleaned.
- 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 has been damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!