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Helpful Tips

The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your house can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that should help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it’s extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
    • Keep a listing of all household personal belongings or goods you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
    • 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 finished. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)

Water Damage Tips
You have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very 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 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 the power to affected areas of the home. Don’t operate the TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot wet carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to a dry area. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some suggestions to help handle with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home 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 that was used to extinguish the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely 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 create 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 TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. 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.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never consume any food exposed to smoke or 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 safe environment until your home has been restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, 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!