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Paul Davis Restoration
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Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster that has affected your home can be a traumatic situation filled with uncertainty and stress. Paul Davis offers the following information and tips that can help provide a smoother recovery process.

Contact Paul Davis for all your property damage needs. (949) 455-1710

    • Of course, it is always important to make 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 possible.
    • Keep a listing of any household personal belongings or goods that you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while 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 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: A water event can present a lot of possible safety hazards to occupants. The potential for electric shock and slips and falls are very real. Keep in mind, items soaked with water can be very heavy. Only handle tasks that can be done 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 the water meter.
      • Electrical: Be sure to turn off the power to affected rooms of the property. Never operate the television or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
      • Air Conditioning: Turn on your air conditioner to aid in drying in summertime or in regions with more humidity.
      • Floors: Remove as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Do not use a vacuum cleaner.)
      • Carpeting: Blot soaked carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.
      • Clothing/Fabrics: Transport wet items to a dry place. Don’t allow 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 bigger furniture. Wipe any excess 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 helpful tips to help deal with the situation:

      • Be Safe: You should never reenter affected areas of the house until fire officials have deemed the scene safe. Even when the fire is out, there are potential safety hazards to be aware of. The potential for slips and falls from 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 completed safely.
      • Going Back Inside: The effects of fire damage can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a short period of time, entry by a person can create extra 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 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 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 all doors in affected rooms to limit smoke odors as much as possible.
      • Food Items: Do not eat food items 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: Relocate any pets to a safe environment until your property has been cleaned and restored.
      • Plants: Rinse 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!