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The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your residence can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that should help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Of course, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household personal belongings or goods that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
    • Is your house 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, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present several potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done safely.
      • Water Source: It is 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 all power to affected areas of the house. Don’t operate your TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up drying in the summer or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use a 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: Transfer wet items to dry places. Don’t let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from 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 tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home 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 extinguish the fire, and 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 time, entry by a person can lead to extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Do not use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by a technician. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close all doors in affected areas to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume food items exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been exposed to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Relocate any and all pets to a safe environment until your house has been fully 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.

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