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Helpful Tips

Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your house can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that should help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Obviously, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your relatives and friends to let them know you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household personal belongings or goods that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
    • Are you sure your house is 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’ve 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 possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done 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. 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 assist with drying in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use a 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: Move wet items to a dry area. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene 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 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 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.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a technician. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never 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 pets to a clean environment until your property has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Wash plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

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