Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it’s always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure and that you contact your relatives and friends to assure them that you are safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
- Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in 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 finished. (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 several 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 perform tasks that can be done so safely.
- Water Source: It is 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: Be sure to turn off the power to affected rooms of the house. Don’t operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to aid in drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to dry areas. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any extra water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some helpful 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 when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water used to extinguish 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 are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount 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 stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. 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 at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat food exposed to smoke or any canned goods that have been exposed 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: Move any pets to a clean environment until your house has been 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 home or business has been damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!