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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 will 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 assure them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
    • Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods you have discarded 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 completed. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)

Water Damage Tips
You’ve 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 occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete 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 the water meter.
      • Electrical: Turn off all power to affected rooms of the property. Do not operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up drying in the summer or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use the vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot wet carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to a dry place. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.

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

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home 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 that was used to diffuse the fire, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The effects 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.
      • Electronics/Appliances: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close all doors in affected rooms to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not consume food exposed to smoke or any canned items 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 and all pets to a clean environment until your property has been restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Clean plants with mild soap and water, 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!