Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your house can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that should help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Obviously, it’s always 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 inform 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.
- Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are complete. (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: A water event can present several potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done 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 all power to affected areas of the property. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying during the summer or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never 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: Relocate wet items to dry places. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under 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 a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some suggestions 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 used to extinguish the fire, as well as 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 can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can lead to additional damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Never use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is 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: Do not 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: Never 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: Transport all pets to a safe environment until your property has been cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your home or business has been damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!