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 tips and information that should help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Obviously, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends to inform them that you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings that 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 finished. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You have 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 possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done so safely.
- Water Source: It is important to shut 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 all power to affected areas of the house. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist with drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to a dry place. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger 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 tips to help handle with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home 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 put out the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be completed 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 additional damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not consume 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: Relocate any and all pets to a safe environment until your house has been fully cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Rinse plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
If your business or home is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!