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Helpful Tips

Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your residence can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that will help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Obviously, it’s always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
    • Keep a listing of all household personal belongings or goods that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
    • Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are completed. (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, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present several potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and 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 very 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 areas of the home. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to aid in drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to dry areas. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any residual 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 suggestions to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property 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 diffuse 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 effects of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can cause additional 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 inspected by a technician. 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 or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t 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: Transport any pets to a safe environment until your home has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

If your home or business has been damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!