Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your house can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information 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 pets) are safe and that you contact your relatives and friends to let them know you are safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
- Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
- Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of 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 Paul Davis to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present many potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are 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 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: Turn off all power to affected areas of the house. Never operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (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: Transport wet items to dry places. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap 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 helpful tips to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: 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 that was used to extinguish the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount 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.
- Electronics/Appliances: Don’t any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not consume food items exposed to smoke or any canned goods that have been exposed to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transfer any pets to a safe environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your business or home is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!