Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your house can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that will 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 your pets) are secure and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Keep a listing of all household personal belongings or goods you have discarded 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 done. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help 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 and falls and electric shock are very 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 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 areas of the home. Do not operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to a dry area. Do not 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 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: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene 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, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can lead to additional 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 stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a technician. 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 at all possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t 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 consume any food exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transfer any and all pets to a safe environment until your home 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 home or business is damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!