The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can often be a traumatic situation that is 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’s always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends 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 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 finished. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done safely.
- Water Source: It is very 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 all power to affected rooms of the house. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet 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 carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team 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 home 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 put out the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of 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.
- Electronics/Appliances: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic 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 or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: 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: Do not consume food items exposed to smoke or any canned items 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 safe environment until your house has been fully cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your business or home is damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!