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Having to deal with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your residence can be traumatic and stressful. Paul Davis shares the following information and tips that can help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Obviously, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed 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 it is possible.
    • Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods 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’ve 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 several possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only complete tasks that can be done so safely.
      • Water Source: It is 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 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 standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to assist drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Do not 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: Transport wet items to a dry place. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet floors or carpeting.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap under the legs of larger 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 deal with the situation:

      • Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene completely safe. Even after the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from water used to extinguish the fire, and cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very 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 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 inspected by a professional. If the electricity is 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 at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not consume any food exposed to smoke or canned items that have been exposed 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: Transfer all pets to a safe environment until your property has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

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