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Helpful Tips

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

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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 friends and relatives to let them know you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
    • Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
    • Is your house safe? Depending on the extent of the 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 us to arrive, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done 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. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Remove 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 all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to dry places. Do not allow draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under 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 Paul Davis to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: 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 that was used to extinguish the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are 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 small amount 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.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Do not use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked 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 being on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close all doors in affected rooms to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not 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 two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Move any pets to a safe environment until your house has been restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Wash 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, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!