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Helpful Tips

Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your residence can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that should help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it’s extremely 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 can.
    • Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods you have discarded 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’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete 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 your water meter.
      • Electrical: Be sure to turn off the power to affected rooms of the house. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist with drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use a 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: Relocate wet items to dry areas. Don’t allow 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 large furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home 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 diffuse the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can cause more 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 checked by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of 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 “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume food items exposed to smoke or canned products 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 clean environment until your house has been cleaned and restored.
      • 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 water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!