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Helpful Tips

The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your home can often be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that should 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 unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs are done. (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, listed 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. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done 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 your water meter.
      • Electrical: Turn off the power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not use a 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: Transfer wet items to dry areas. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the damage:

      • Be Safe: 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 diffuse the fire, as well as 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 are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can create additional damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Electronics/Appliances: Do not use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close all doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not eat 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 two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Relocate any pets to a safe environment until your home has been completely 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 business or home has been damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!