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The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your house is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that can 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 your pets) are secure and that you contact your relatives and friends to assure them that you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 finished. (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: A water event can present many potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done so 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 the power to affected areas of the home. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying during the summer or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (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: Transport wet items to a dry area. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of large furniture. Wipe any extra 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 deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene 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 that was used to diffuse the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can cause 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 stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. 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 when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume food items 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: Transport all pets to a safe environment until your home has been fully cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Clean 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!