Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your house can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that will help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Obviously, it’s extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are secure 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 possible.
- Keep a listing of any and all household personal belongings or goods you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and 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 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: Be sure to turn off all power to affected rooms of the property. Do not operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to speed up drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transfer wet items to dry areas. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under 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 Paul Davis to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene 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 extinguish the fire, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are 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 period of time, entry by a person can create 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 TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked 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 at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not consume food exposed to smoke or canned items 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: Transfer all pets to a safe environment until your property has been 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 fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!