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Helpful Tips

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

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    • 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 assure them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
    • Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings 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 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 help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present many potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Remember, 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 your water meter.
      • Electrical: Be sure to turn off all power to affected areas of the property. Never operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Never use the 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: Transport wet items to dry areas. Do not let draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of 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 us to arrive, below are some helpful tips to help deal with the situation:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home 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 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 time, entry by a person can cause extra damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
      • Appliances/Electronics: Never use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never consume food items exposed to smoke or any canned products 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: Relocate any and all pets to a clean environment until your property has been restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Rinse 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 fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!