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Helpful Tips

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

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    • Of course, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your relatives and friends to inform them that you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 done. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)

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

      • Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are very real. Keep in mind, 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: Turn off all power to affected rooms of the property. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist with drying during the summer or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Transfer wet items to dry places. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some helpful tips to help handle with the situation:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property 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 put out the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can cause 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 inspected by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume food items exposed to smoke or canned items 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: Transfer all pets to a clean environment until your property has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Clean plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

If your home or business is damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!