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Helpful Tips

The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your home is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household personal belongings or goods that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are completed. (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, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done 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: Be sure to turn off all power to affected rooms of the house. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist drying in the summer or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never use the vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to dry places. Do not let 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 large furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us 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 when 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, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are 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 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: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never consume food exposed to smoke or any canned items 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: Transport all pets to a clean environment until your house has been restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

If your home or business is damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!