The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your home can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that should help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget 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 goods or personal belongings that 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 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 Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and 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 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 the power to affected rooms of the property. Don’t operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up drying during the summer or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to a dry place. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath 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 help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene safe. Even after the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from 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 completely safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can cause more 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 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.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t consume any food exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Relocate any pets to a clean environment until your property has been restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Wash 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 storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!