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Helpful Tips

Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your residence can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that can help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it’s extremely 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 safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
    • Is your house 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 have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present several possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done 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: Be sure to turn off the power to affected areas of the house. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
      • 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 all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Transfer wet items to a dry area. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags 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 us to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the situation:

      • 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 water used to put out the fire, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be completed 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 extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Never 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 with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume food exposed to smoke or any canned products 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: Transfer any pets to a clean environment until your house has been cleaned and restored.
      • 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 storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!