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Helpful Tips

Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your house can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it is always 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 inform them that you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly 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.
    • Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of 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’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present many potential 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 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 all power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot wet carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to dry places. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any extra water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You’ve 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 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 extinguish the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period 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.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Don’t any stereo, TV or other electrical 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 using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to confine 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 double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Move any pets to a clean environment until your home has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Wash 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 has been damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!