The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your home is most often is a traumatic situation that is 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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  • Of course, it’s always 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 assure them that you are all 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 in protecting your home.
  • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the 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 help to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

    • Be Safe: Water events can present several potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform tasks that can be done so safely.
    • Water Source: It is very 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: Be sure to turn off all power to affected rooms of the house. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
    • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist with drying during the summer or in more humid regions.
    • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never 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: Relocate wet items to dry areas. Don’t allow draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
    • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.



    Fire Damage Tips
    You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the damage:

    • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene 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 scraped and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
    • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can create more damage. It is best to enter the affected area on a limited basis and only if absolutely necessary.
    • Appliances/Electronics: Do not use any TV, stereo or electronic 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 with a rolled towel.
    • Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
    • Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
    • Doors: Close all doors in affected rooms to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
    • Food Items: Never eat food exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been subjected to excessive heat.
    • Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner 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 restored and cleaned.
    • Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
    • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.



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