Having to deal with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your house can be a traumatic situation that is filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that will help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are safe 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 it is possible.
- Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
- Is your house 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’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are real. Also, 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: Turn off all power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist with drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use the 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 a dry place. Do not allow draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any residual 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 deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home completely safe. Even when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from the water used to diffuse the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done 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 lead to more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Electronics/Appliances: Never use any stereo, TV or other electrical 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 if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close all doors in affected rooms to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t consume food items exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been exposed 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: Move all pets to a clean environment until your home has been fully cleaned and restored.
- 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 is damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!