Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your residence can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that will help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Obviously, it’s always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget 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 you can.
    • Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the amount of 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’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and 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 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 home. Do not operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up 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. (Don’t 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: Transport wet items to dry areas. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger 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 situation:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house 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 completed safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can create additional 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 professional. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume any food exposed to smoke or any canned goods that have been subjected 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 and all pets to a safe environment until your home has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Clean 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!