Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your residence can be a traumatic situation filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that should help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Obviously, it is always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends to assure them that you are safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
- Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in 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 done. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
- Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform tasks that can be done 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 areas of the house. Never operate your television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist 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. (Never use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to a dry area. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.
- Be Safe: 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 the water used to diffuse the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
- Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount 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: Never use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a professional. 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 wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close all doors in affected areas to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never consume food items exposed to smoke or canned items 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: Transfer any and all pets to a clean environment until your house has been cleaned and restored.
- Plants: Clean plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
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:
If your business or home has been damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!