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Helpful Tips

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

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    • Of course, it’s 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 let them know you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
    • Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
    • Is your house 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 us to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events 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 handle tasks that can be done safely.
      • Water Source: It is very 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 property. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist with drying in 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 the vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot wet carpet 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. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.

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

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home safe. Even when 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, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of 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.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Never use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet when possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not consume food items exposed to smoke or any canned products 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 property has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

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