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Helpful Tips

Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that will help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Obviously, it’s extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are safe 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 possible.
    • Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings 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 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 and falls and electric shock are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform 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: Be sure to turn off all power to affected areas of the house. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Dispose 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 all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to dry areas. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any extra water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have 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: You should never reenter affected areas of the home 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 water used to put out the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely 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 lead to more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Electronics/Appliances: Don’t any stereo, TV or other electrical 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 on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close all doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not eat any food exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been exposed to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Move all pets to a safe environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • 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 has been damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!