Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that should help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Obviously, it is always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
- Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings that 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 finished. (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 helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present many possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform tasks that can be done so 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 your water meter.
- Electrical: Turn off all power to affected rooms of the house. Don’t operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not 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: Transport wet items to a dry place. Do not allow draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any extra 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 deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property 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 extinguish the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
- Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can lead to extra 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 checked by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty 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.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned products 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: Transport any and all pets to a safe environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Clean 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, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!