Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your house can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis shares the following tips and information that can help the recovery process go smoother.
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- Of course, it’s extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure 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 household goods or personal belongings you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.
- Is your house safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup 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 help to arrive, below are helpful tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: Water events can present a lot of potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done safely.
- Water Source: It is very 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 rooms of the property. Do not operate your television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Remove 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: Transport wet items to a dry area. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from 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’ve suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for us to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the property 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 extinguish the fire, as well as scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can lead to more damage. Enter ONLY if emergency personnel have cleared the property and deemed it safe to enter and only if absolutely necessary.
- Appliances/Electronics: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been inspected by a professional. 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 if at all possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Shut all doors in affected rooms to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t eat food exposed to smoke or any canned products that have been subjected to excessive heat.
- Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transport any and all pets to a safe environment until your property has been completely restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Clean 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 has been damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!