The aftermath of a disaster that has affected your home is most often traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that can help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Of course, it is extremely important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are secure 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 you possibly can.
- Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
- 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 finished. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present several possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are real. Also, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete 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 the water meter.
- Electrical: Turn off all power to affected rooms of the home. Don’t operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to speed updrying during the summer or in more humid regions.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Never 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: Transfer wet items to a dry place. Don’t allow draperies to stay in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some suggestions to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property completely 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 put out the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely safely.
- Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are 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: Never use any stereo, TV or other electrical appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use “DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut doors in affected rooms to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Never eat food exposed to smoke or 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: Relocate all pets to a safe environment until your home 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 home or business has been damaged by mold, storm, water, fire or other disaster, Call Paul!