The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your house is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it’s always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to assure them that you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household personal belongings or goods that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 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 help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete 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 your water meter.
      • Electrical: Be sure to turn off the power to affected rooms of the home. 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 in the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not 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: Relocate wet items to a dry place. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any extra 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 helpful tips to help deal with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house 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 water used to extinguish the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very 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 extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Electronics/Appliances: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not consume any food exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been exposed to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Move all pets to a safe environment until your home has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • 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 home or business is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!