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The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your residence is most often is a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis offers the following tips and information that will help provide a smoother recovery process.

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    • Obviously, it’s extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are safe 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 all household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property.
    • Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup 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: Water events can present a lot of potential 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 perform 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 your water meter.
      • Electrical: Be sure to turn off the power to affected areas of the home. Don’t operate your television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn your air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using a mop or towels. (Don’t 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: Transport wet items to dry areas. Do not let draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces off of the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags under the legs of larger 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 suggestions to help handle with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene completely safe. Even when 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, and scrapes and cuts from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage are 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: Don’t any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a professional. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid being on carpet when possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Don’t attempt to wash or wipe ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Don’t eat food items exposed to smoke or canned products that have been subjected to excessive heat.
      • Furnace: Change the air conditioner or furnace filter if the blower is operating. Tape two pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
      • Pets: Relocate all pets to a clean environment until your home 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 home or business is damaged by storm, fire, mold, water or other disaster, Call Paul!