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Helpful Tips

Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that should 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 your pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
    • Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are done. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)

Water Damage Tips
You have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, listed below are some 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 and falls and electric shock are 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 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: Be sure to turn off the power to affected areas of the property. Do not operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use the vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to a dry place. Don’t let draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • 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 have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team 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 home 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 put out the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts 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 short period of time, entry by a person can create more 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 stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty 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.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut all doors in affected areas to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t eat any food exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been subjected 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: Transport all pets to a safe environment until your property has been fully cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Wash plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.

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