Property Damage Recovery Tips
The aftermath of a disaster that has directly affected your property can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis shares the following property damage recovery tips and information that will help provide a smoother recovery process.
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- Obviously, it is extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are unharmed and that you contact your friends and relatives to let them know you are safe.
- Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you can.
- Keep a listing of all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in 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 complete. (Notify your insurance company if this is the case.)
Water Damage Tips
You’ve suffered a water loss. While you are waiting for help to arrive, below are some tips to help deal with the damage:
- Be Safe: A water event can present a lot of possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done so 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 rooms of the home. Don’t operate the TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet floors or carpets.
- Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to aid in drying in summertime or in humid areas of the country.
- Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use the vacuum cleaner.)
- Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
- Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to dry places. Don’t allow draperies to remain 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 residual 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 damage:
- Be Safe: Never reenter affected areas of the house 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 the water used to put out the fire, as well as cuts and scrapes from exposed, sharp edges are very real. Only perform tasks that can be done completely safely.
- Going Back Inside: The aftermath of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount of time, entry by a person can lead to extra 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 turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Avoid being on carpet if at all possible. Do not use ”DIY” home carpet cleaners.
- Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors in affected rooms to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Do not eat food exposed to smoke or any canned goods 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: Relocate all pets to a clean environment until your home has been restored and cleaned.
- Plants: Rinse 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 is damaged by fire, storm, water, mold or other disaster, Call Paul!