The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that should help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it’s 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 assure them that you are safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
- 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 property.
- Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup 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, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present many possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle 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: Be sure to turn off the power to affected areas of the home. Never operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to speed up drying in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not use a 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: Move wet items to a dry place. Don’t 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 extra water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house 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 the water used to diffuse the fire, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely safely.
- Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can create more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Electronics/Appliances: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected 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 walking or tracking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close all doors in affected areas to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not consume any food exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been subjected 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: Relocate any and all pets to a clean environment until your home has been 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!