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Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that should help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Of course, it’s 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 assure them that you are safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as it is possible.
    • Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have discarded 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 cleanup and repairs are done. (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: A water event can present many potential safety hazards to occupants. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done 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 the water meter.
      • Electrical: Turn off all power to affected areas of the home. Do not operate the television or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to speed up drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Relocate wet items to a dry area. Don’t let draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any extra 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 handle 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 diffuse the fire, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are real. Only perform tasks that can be done 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 create additional 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 turned 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.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t consume food items exposed to smoke or canned goods 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: Transfer any pets to a clean environment until your home has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Wash plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: Open windows to ventilate the area when possible.

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