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Helpful Tips

Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your property can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information 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 your 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 any household personal belongings or goods that you have thrown out 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 cleanup and repairs are completed. (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 several potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very 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 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 house. Don’t operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying during the summer or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Get rid 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: Transfer wet items to a dry place. Don’t let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any residual 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 tips to help handle with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should 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 used to diffuse the fire, and cuts and scrapes 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 lead to more 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 stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to restrict 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 air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Relocate any pets to a clean environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.

If your business or home has been damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!