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Helpful Tips

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

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    • Of course, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure 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 any household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
    • Is your house safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs 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 help 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 electric shock and slips and falls are real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done so safely.
      • Water Source: It is 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 the water meter.
      • Electrical: Turn off the power to affected areas of the house. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use the vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot wet carpet with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to a dry place. Don’t let draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of large furniture. Wipe any excess 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 handle with the damage:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the property 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 put out the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely 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: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned products 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: Transfer any pets to a clean environment until your house 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 is damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!