The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your residence can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that will help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed 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 any and all household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
- 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 us to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present several potential safety hazards to residents. 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 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: Turn off the power to affected areas of the home. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist with drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not use the 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: Move wet items to a dry area. Don’t allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any extra 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 helpful tips to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: 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 water used to put out the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of 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: Don’t any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. 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 on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat food items exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been subjected 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: Relocate any and all pets to a safe environment until your home has been completely restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Rinse plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your home or business has been damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!