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Paul Davis Restoration
of El Paso County CO
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The aftermath of any disaster that has directly affected your property can be a traumatic situation that is filled with stress and uncertainty. Paul Davis provides the following tips and information that will help the recovery process go smoother.

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    • Obviously, it’s extremely important to make sure you and your family (and don’t forget pets) are safe and that you contact your friends and relatives to inform them that you are all safe.
    • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as you possibly can.
    • Keep a listing of any household goods or personal belongings that you have thrown out and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your home.
    • Are you sure your house is safe? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are completed. (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, listed below are some tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: Water events can present several possible safety hazards to residents. The potential for slips, falls and electric shock are very real. Remember, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only perform tasks that can be done 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: Be sure to turn off all power to affected areas of the house. Do not operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying in summertime or in more humid regions.
      • Floors: Get rid of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpet 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 area. Don’t allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.
      • Furniture: Move lighter pieces away from the carpeting. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap beneath 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 a member of the Paul Davis team to arrive, below are some helpful tips to help deal with the damage:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the home 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 diffuse 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 effects of fire damage are measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short time, entry by a person can create 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 checked by a professional. If the electricity is turned off, empty the contents of your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open using a rolled towel.
      • Carpets: Avoid walking or tracking on carpet when possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
      • Walls/Ceilings: Do not wipe or attempt to wash ceilings and other absorbent surfaces.
      • Doors: Shut doors in affected areas to confine smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not consume any food exposed to smoke or canned items 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: Move all pets to a clean environment until your house has been completely restored and cleaned.
      • Plants: Clean plants with water and mild soap, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
      • Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.

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