The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your residence can often be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that will help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it’s extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget 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 possible.
- Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
- Water Source: It is very 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 all power to affected rooms of the house. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to aid in drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never 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: Transfer wet items to a dry place. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of larger 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 helpful tips to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home completely 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 that was used to extinguish the fire, and scrapes and cuts 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 time, entry by a person can lead to extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Electronics/Appliances: Do not use any TV, stereo or electronic 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 using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never eat food items exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been exposed to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Move all pets to a clean environment until your house has been completely 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 business or home is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!