Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your house can be a traumatic situation filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips 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 your pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are all safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
- Are you sure your house is 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 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: Water events can present a lot of possible 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 perform tasks that can be done so 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 all power to affected rooms of the property. Don’t operate your TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
- Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying during the summer or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot wet carpet with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Move wet items to dry places. Do not allow draperies to stay 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 excess water off of the furniture.
Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the situation:
- Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the scene 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 that was used to put out the fire, and 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 can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period 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.
- 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 the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if at all possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to focus smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat food items 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 double pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Pets: Transport any pets to a clean environment until your property has been restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Wash 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 is damaged by water, fire, mold, storm or other disaster, Call Paul!