Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your home can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that will 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 your 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 and all 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 repairs and cleanup are completed. (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 a lot of potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, 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 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 rooms of the property. Do not operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to dry areas. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of large furniture. Wipe any residual 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 helpful tips to help handle with the damage:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property safe. Even when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water used to put out the fire, and 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 are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short 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.
- Electronics/Appliances: Do not use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a technician. If the electricity is turned off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never eat food items exposed to smoke or canned products that have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transfer all pets to a safe environment until your property has been restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.
If your home or business has been damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!