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

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    • Of course, it is extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are unharmed and that you contact your relatives and friends to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
    • Is your house 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 have suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for Paul Davis to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: A water event can present many possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done safely.
      • Water Source: It is 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 the power to affected areas of the house. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never 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. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some helpful tips to help handle with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home 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 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 cause additional damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Electronics/Appliances: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use “DIY” 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 confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never eat food items exposed to smoke or any canned items that have been subjected 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 any pets to a safe environment until your house has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Rinse plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

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