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Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your home can be stressful and often, traumatic. Paul Davis provides the following information and tips that should help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Of course, it is always important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your relatives and friends to let them know you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your property.
    • Is your house safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the cleanup and repairs are complete. (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 helpful tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present many potential safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips and falls and electric shock are real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform tasks that can be done so 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 areas of the house. Never operate the TV or other electrical appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying in the summer or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Get rid of 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 Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Transfer wet items to a dry place. Do not allow draperies to stay in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of bigger furniture. Wipe any extra water off of the furniture.

Fire Damage Tips
You have suffered a fire loss. While you are waiting for a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some tips to help handle with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the home completely 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 put out the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes 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 more 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 technician. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking on carpet if possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t attempt to wipe or wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Never eat food exposed to smoke or canned products that have been subjected to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner 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 house has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Clean plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

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