Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your home can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that will help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Obviously, it is extremely important to make 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 you possibly can.
- Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
- 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 us to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete 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 the water meter.
- Electrical: Be sure to turn off the power to affected areas of the house. Never operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist with drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to dry areas. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any residual 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 tips to help handle with the damage:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home completely 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 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 short period of time, entry by a person can cause extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Do not use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a technician. If the electricity is turned 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: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected areas to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never consume food exposed to smoke or canned items 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 clean environment until your house has been restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Clean 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 storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!