Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your home can be a traumatic situation filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.
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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 friends and relatives to inform them that you are 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 home.
- 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, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present many potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform 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 the power to affected areas of the property. Do not operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist with drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to a dry area. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have 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 house until fire officials have deemed the property completely 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 scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very 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 small amount of time, entry by a person can cause additional damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Electronics/Appliances: Do not use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. 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 ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat food items exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been subjected 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: Transfer any pets to a clean environment until your property has been fully cleaned and restored.
- 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 has been damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!