The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your property can often be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that can help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it is extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends to assure them that you are all 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 thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
- 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 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: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform 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 the water meter.
- Electrical: Turn off the power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to a dry place. Do not let draperies to remain 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 bigger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house 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 used to diffuse 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 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.
- Electronics/Appliances: Never 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 walking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat 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 double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Move any and all pets to a clean environment until your home has been cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your business or home is damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!