Helpful Tips


Safety Tips

Dealing with the aftermath of any disaster that has affected your property can be a traumatic situation filled with uncertainty and stress. Tougas Mitigation and Restoration offers the following tips and information that should help provide a smoother recovery process.

 

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  • Of course, it’s always important to be sure you and your family (and don’t forget your pets) are secure and that you contact your relatives and friends to assure them that you are safe.

  • Report the damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.

  • Keep a listing of any and all household goods or personal belongings you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur while protecting your home.

  • Is your house safe? Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to relocate temporarily until the repairs and cleanup are complete (Notify your insurance company if this is the case).


Water Damage Tips

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR TOUGAS TO ARRIVE, LISTED BELOW ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP DEAL WITH THE DAMAGE:

  • Be Safe - A water event can present several potential 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 complete tasks that can be done safely.
  • Water Source - It is very 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 the power to affected areas of the house. Do not operate the TV or other electrical appliances while you are standing on wet flooring.

  • Air Conditioning - Turn the air conditioner on to assist drying during the summer or in regions with more humidity.

  • Floors - Dispose of as much standing water as possible, using towels or a mop. (Don’t use the vacuum cleaner).

  • Carpeting - Blot wet carpeting with clean, white towels. Remove all colored rugs or Oriental rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpet.

  • Clothing/Fabrics - Transport wet items to dry areas. Do not allow draperies to remain in contact with wet carpeting or floors.

  • Furniture - Move lighter pieces away from the carpet. Place plastic wrap or plastic bags beneath the legs of large furniture. Wipe any residual water off of the furniture.


Fire Damage Tips

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR TOUGAS TO ARRIVE, LISTED BELOW ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP DEAL WITH THE DAMAGE:

  • Be Safe - Never reenter affected areas of the home until fire officials have deemed the property 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 put out the fire, as well as 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 can be measured down to microscopic levels. Even for a small amount 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 stereo, TV or other electrical 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 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 areas to restrict smoke odors as much as possible.

  • Food Items - Don’t consume food exposed to smoke or canned products that have been exposed 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 - Transfer all pets to a safe environment until your house has been fully cleaned and restored.

  • Plants - Clean 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 fire, water, mold, storm or other disasters