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Helpful Tips

The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your home can often be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that should 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 unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
    • Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs 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 us to arrive, below are helpful 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, falls and electric shock 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 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: Turn off all power to affected areas of the house. Do not operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying during the summer or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never 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 place. Don’t let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of large furniture. Wipe any extra 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 home until fire officials have deemed the home 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 used to put out the fire, and 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 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.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut all doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never eat food items exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been exposed to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Relocate all pets to a safe environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Wash plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.

If your home or business has been damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!