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Helpful Tips

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

Contact Paul Davis for all your property damage needs.

  • Obviously, it’s extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are safe.
  • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods 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 completed. (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 some tips to help deal with the damage:

    • Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle 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 the water meter.
    • Electrical: Be sure to turn off all power to affected areas of the home. Don’t 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 during the summer or in humid areas of the country.
    • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never use a 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: Transport wet items to dry areas. Do not allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
    • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger furniture. Wipe any excess water off of the furniture.



    Fire Damage Tips
    You have 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 scene 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 that was used to extinguish the fire, as well as scraped and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be completed safely.
    • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can lead to extra damage. It is best to enter the affected area on a limited basis and only if absolutely necessary.
    • Electronics/Appliances: Never use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
    • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet when possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
    • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
    • Doors: Shut all doors in affected areas to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
    • Food Items: Never consume food exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been exposed 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: Transfer any pets to a safe environment until your home has been fully 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 home or business has been damaged by fire, water, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!