The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can often be a traumatic situation that is filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that will help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it is extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends 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 household personal belongings or goods you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
- Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs are completed. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You have 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 a lot of possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle 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: Turn off the 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 assist drying during the summer or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (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: Transport wet items to dry places. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap 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 Paul Davis to arrive, below are some tips to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home completely safe. Even after the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from the water used to diffuse the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can create more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Don’t use any TV, stereo or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected 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 being on carpet if possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not consume any food exposed to smoke or any canned goods 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: Move all pets to a clean environment until your property has been completely cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Rinse 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, storm, fire, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!