The aftermath of a disaster that has affected your residence can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips 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 it is possible.
- Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
- Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs are finished. (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, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present many potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are very real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done so 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 all power to affected rooms of the home. Don’t operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to speed up drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (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: Relocate wet items to dry areas. Don’t allow draperies to stay 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 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 helpful tips to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home safe. Even when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water that was used to diffuse the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completely safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can create extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Don’t use any TV, stereo or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet when possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not 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 two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transport all pets to a safe environment until your home has been fully restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your home or business has been damaged by water, storm, mold, fire or other disaster, Call Paul!