The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your house is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that can help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it’s extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are safe and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
- Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in 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 completed. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present many potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are 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: Be sure to turn off all power to affected rooms of the home. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never use a 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: Transfer wet items to a dry area. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- 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’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the damage:
- 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 used to diffuse the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can cause extra 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 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 or tracking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never eat food items exposed to smoke or canned goods 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: Relocate any pets to a clean environment until your home has been completely restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Rinse plants with water and mild soap, 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!