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Be Vacation Ready! Feel Prepared with these Tips from Paul Davis!


Summer is officially here June 21, which means most of you will be reaching for the swimmies, surf boards and beach umbrellas to get ready for vacation. While you’re busy running around, remember to prepare your property for vacation too. There are several important security and property measures to take prior to leaving for your favorite destination.

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The Safer, The Better:

  • Make your house look like someone is home to avoid break-ins, such as stopping the newspaper or asking a neighbor to clean out your mailbox.
  • Check all locks on doors and windows and turn on the security system.
  • Leave on a lamp while turning off all others.
  • Notify your credit card company that you will not be in town.
  • Leave emergency contact information with a neighbor.

Prep Your Property for Vacay:

  • Unplug small appliances and electronics.
  • Make sure water valves are turned off to the sink and appliances, such as the dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Set the water heater to “vacation mode” so that it runs less and saves money.
  • Place the thermostat on 85 degrees, but no hotter to guard your furniture, plants and pets.
  • Run your kitchen sink disposal with vinegar or lemon to remove unwanted scents.
  • Discard any trash and dispose of perishable food.

We hope these few tips will help you in feeling at ease about leaving your property and allow you to fully enjoy this year’s vacation. If you have any property damage caused by water, fire, mold or storms, Call Paul! We’re available 24/7 for all of your restoration, reconstruction and remodeling needs.

Paul Davis CT NY Receives Top Customer Experience Award of 2014!


Paul Davis Restoration Office Serving Fairfield and Westchester Counties Receives Top Customer Experience Award at 2015 Convention!

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (May 4, 2015) – Paul Davis Restoration of Fairfield and Westchester Counties, a leading provider of water, fire, mold and storm damage restoration for residential and commercial properties, received the top award for Customer Experience among all Paul Davis offices in New England and New York State during the brand’s annual convention in Indianapolis. The local tri-state area office and its associates were recognized among more than 500 of their peers who were in attendance at the event.

“We encounter people at some of the most challenging times in their lives. Creating a positive customer experience during those times is daunting,” said Ed Nardella, owner of the Paul Davis office headquartered in Ridgefield, Conn., and White Plains, N.Y. “Our staff lives the mission of restoring people and property after a crisis with exceptional care. We are proud of our team for winning this award and proud to be a vital part of this community.”

The overarching theme of the convention emphasized Paul Davis Restorations’ commitment to extraordinary restoration experiences, which remains its foundation nationwide.

For more information about Paul Davis Restoration of Fairfield and Westchester Counties, contact Lily Stevenson at lstevenson@pdr-usa.net or visit the local office’s website at www.PaulDavisCTNY.com.

About Paul Davis Restoration

Since 1996, Paul Davis Restoration has been servicing property owners, insurance adjusters, and insurance agents throughout Fairfield, Westchester, and Putnam Counties. Conveniently located in Ridgefield, CT and White Plains, NY, the PDR staff of certified professionals is expert in all phases of emergency restoration, reconstruction and remodeling.

Regardless of the cause of an emergency – water release, flooding, fire, smoke, extreme weather or a hazard such as mold – they respond quickly to stop the damage and complete all resulting reconstruction with the highest level of craftsmanship.
From multimillion-dollar commercial reconstructions to restoring precious belongings, Paul Davis puts people and property first. For more information, visit www.PaulDavisCTNY.com.

Are You at Risk of a Hurricane Storm Surge?


The National Weather Service states “a storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide.”
Did you know a storm surge is one of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane? In 1970, nearly 500,000 people were killed in the Bay of Bengal after the worst storm surge in history. In the U.S., Hurricane Katrina created one of the worst storm surges with water levels of higher than 25 feet throughout impacted communities – 41.5 feet in Waveland, Mississippi.
CoreLogic, a leader in property data analysis, projects that more than 6 million homes are at risk of a storm surge caused by hurricanes in 2015 on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, which could account for $1.5 trillion in Reconstruction Cost Value.
Nearly 20 states are at risk. More than three quarters of the 6.6 million houses at risk of storm surge are located in only six states:
1. Florida (2.5 million at-risk homes)
2. Louisiana (760k at-risk homes)
3. New York (464k at-risk homes)
4. New Jersey (446k at-risk homes)
5. Texas (441k at-risk homes)
6. Virginia (420k at-risk homes)
Since Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana 15 years ago, the most recent Category 5 hurricane in the United States, only one-fourth of Louisiana’s at-risk homes are considered in the very high storm surge category due to the upgrade of levees since Katrina struck.
Cities that rank highest in the number of houses at risk, as well as total Reconstruction Cost Value, include:
1. New York – Newark, NY-NJ-PA
2. Miami – Fort Lauderdale – West Palm Beach, FL
3. Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater, FL
4. Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News, VA-NC
5. New Orleans – Metairie, LA
Although these are grave statistics, many experts predict a quiet 2015 storm season. However, it’s always best to be prepared and keep your family safe in the event of a big storm.

Helpful Tips

– Learn if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and learn your zone.
– During a hurricane, do not use generators indoors, do not go down to your basement where floods occur first, do not drive through high levels of water, and leave your home once an evacuation is released.
– Before a storm, assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit:
• Use a clear portable container
• 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
• Can opener and utility knife
• Flashlight
• Battery-powered weather radio
• Cellphone charger
• Extra batteries
• Copies of insurance policies, identification and bank records
• Prescriptions, medical supplies
• First-Aid Kit
We hope these few tips will help keep you safe during hurricane season. Please remember that if you experience any property damage caused by fire, water, mold or storms to Call Paul. We’re here 24/7 to help you!

Staying Home For Memorial Day? Check Out These Tips from Paul Davis


The last Monday of May is next week, which is when we commemorate the troops who served in the United States armed forces and gave their lives for this great nation. On the one hand, Memorial Day is a commemorative holiday when we give appreciation for our troops, but it is also a celebration of this country, the men and women currently serving, as well as a time to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
Many Memorial Day celebrations involve outdoor activities, yummy food and warm weather. While you’re enjoying all that the holiday offers, remember the following safety tips to keep you and yours free from danger while getting ready for the festivities.

Grilling

• Move the grill away from siding and overhangs of the house
• Check the gas hose to ensure no leaks
• Clean all grease buildup from the grill
• Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby
• Make sure an adult is supervising at all times

Fire Pit

• Your fire pit should be located a safe distance away from the house
• Toss sand on the fire to extinguish it completely
• Do not dispose of coals until they have cooled completely

Air Conditioning

• Change filters regularly
• Check outlets and wires for electrical problems
• Schedule A/C maintenance once a year

Cooking

• Move flammable material away from the stove top (oven mitts, plastic, towels)
• Keep children out of the kitchen
• Do not leave the kitchen while cooking

Garden Hose

• With the exception of a label on your hose that says “drinking water safe,” refrain from drinking from it
o Many water hoses contain harmful substance
• Before using, let the water run for a few seconds to flush out any lingering H2O
• If you require a new hose, try a natural hose made from rubber that does not use harmful plastic

Fireworks

• Check with your local police dept. to make sure fireworks are legal in your community
• Do not let kids play with fireworks
o Even sparklers can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit! *kidshealth.org
• Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby for precautionary reasons
• Point fireworks away from buildings and flammable material
We hope these few tips will help keep your loved ones safe during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. Please remember that if you experience any property damage to Call Paul! We’re available 24/7 to assist with property destruction caused by fire, water, mold or storms.
-Your friends at Paul Davis

Spring Property Tips from Paul Davis


Spring is a great time of year with many exciting seasonal changes which include the budding of trees and flowers, longer periods of daylight, and thawing of snow and ice. However, with seasonal changes come potential seasonal problems. Take a look at these simple steps to prevent property damage to your home or office during the spring season.

1. Gutters

Check for loose or leaky gutters or clogged downspouts. Ensure downspouts drain away from the property, at least 5 feet, and are clear of debris. Existing and new landscaping projects should divert water away from the building. Improper drainage can lead to water damage to the foundation or basement.

2. Washing Machine

Inspect your washing machine fill hose and look for cracks that could turn into leaks. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time. The 5/8” hose can pump 10-12 gallons per minute. Consider changing to a no-burst hose to decrease your risk for damage.

3. Dryer

Wipe out your dryer vent and take a look at the outside exhaust. All of the lint is not caught in the lint trap and can clog the vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer runs. A clogged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.

4. Refrigerator

Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If clogged with dust, they are less efficient and cause your fridge to work longer, which increases your electric bill. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush to clean the coils. While you’re cleaning the coils, check water lines for leaks to avoid water damage.

5. Sump Pump

Cautiously pour water from a large bucket into the crock. Observe the sump pump switch. It should turn on and start to pump water from the crock. Wait until the water pumps from the crock to ensure the pump turns itself off, and then slowly pour the remaining water in the crock to ensure the pump turns on again.

We hope these Spring Property Tips help you and your family avoid property damage from the changing season. If you do have any damage to your property from fire, water, mold or storm, please don’t hesitate to Call Paul.

Happy First Day of Spring from Paul Davis


The Old Farmer’s Almanac was right once again. This winter was the coldest and most brutal most of us have seen or will see in our lives, which is what makes today so fantastic. Friday, March 20th is officially the end of winter for the North America! Plus, it’s International Day of Happiness, promoted by the United Nations, which means you have even more reason to have a great day.
Besides welcoming warmer weather with open arms, we can gaze upon the colorful flowers and greener nature, taste springtime fruits and vegetables, grill outside, soak in the sunshine and Vit-D (make sure to wear sunscreen), and live happier from the beauty and warmth surrounding us.
The following includes a few things you can do on the first day of spring to make everyone around you have a more meaningful day:
1. Make eye contact and smile at each person you meet
2. Assist others in need
3. Convey appreciation for others
4. Call your parents, significant other and/or children just to say “I love you”
5. Perform acts of kindness, no matter how small or big
6. Volunteer your time or donate money to a good cause
7. Answer the phone with a happy tone
8. Compliment as many people as you can
9. Allow others in a hurry to cut in front of you in line
10. Be nice all day long despite negativity that may come your way
We hope these few tips will brighten up your day and everyone around you, while enjoying the start of spring. Although most of us will be soaking in the warm temperatures, it also means that some are experiencing the aftermath of the chilliest winter including property damage. Please Call Paul if you have any property damage caused by fire, water, mold or storms. Paul Davis is here to help!

– From your neighbors at Paul Davis

As the Time Changes, Paul Wants You to Inspect Your Home for Safety Hazards


It’s time to spring forward, set your clocks and enjoy more sunshine! Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2am, but keep in mind that setting the clock forward isn’t the only thing you need to take care of. Daylight Saving Time is the perfect time of year to do a property inspection and safety check.

Here are a few safety tips to keep your house and family safe:

1.       Replace Light Bulbs and Fixtures

·         Save money and energy by replacing conventional lighting with energy-efficient LCD or fluorescent bulbs

2.       Check For Missing Supplies in First-Aid Kits

·         Bandages and ointments should be replaced if needed and expiration dates looked at on all medication

3.       Create and Review a Family Emergency Plan that Includes a Plan for Fires

·         Make sure there is a family emergency plan in place and practice this with your loved ones

·         Add emergency information, including phone numbers and addresses

·         Here is more info about an Emergency Preparedness Kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVhFuqQyhHs&list=UU0iTnta8XL7BAfob4vOo9-A

4.       Test All Detectors Including Smoke and Carbon Monoxide

·         Replace batteries as needed

·         Make sure loose batteries are placed in the recycle bin as 9-Volt batteries can start fires

5.       Change Your Home Air Filter

·         Maintaining your home air quality is significant to your health and safety, plus air conditioning filters are not very costly

·         A good rule of thumb is to replace a filter every 3-6 months, or when the filter looks dirty

6.       Clean Out Your Dryer Vent with Every Use

·         Every time you dry clothing, form a habit of cleaning out the dryer vent immediately after to prevent clogs and possible fire hazards

We hope this information helps you inspect your home for the beautiful spring season that lies ahead. And remember that if you have any property damage caused by fire, water, mold or storms, please Call Paul!

-From your neighbors at Paul Davis

Have No Fear, Paul is Here! Bundle Up, Stay Safe and Protect Your Property


The 2015 winter has been an unbearable time for many states in the Northeast, with much of the U.S. impacted by the Arctic Blast and colder than normal temperatures reaching 20 to 35 degrees below average. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and surrounding states have been blasted by snow, rain, ice, wind and freezing weather causing property damage and power outages. Even Florida, a state known for its warm and sunny environment, is facing colder weather in the 20 degree range, which is almost hot compared to the negative temperatures felt by cities like Boston.

A huge issue is when consistent snow builds during a long period of time, which turns to ice and “weighs about eight times more” than snow, according to Garrick Goldenberg, a Wentworth Institute of Technology professor.* This accumulation can result in “ice dams” – thick ridges of ice that form along the eaves of the roof. When ice dams form, the freezing and thawing cycle during the winter season causes water to back up on roofs, seep into homes, and damage ceilings, walls, insulation, floors, and furnishings. This can then lead to mold and severe health risks. Heavy snow has continued for the last few days with snow forming on top of homes, businesses and other properties causing many roofs to collapse just in the Boston area alone. *WCVB.com

Experts at Paul Davis have been working around the clock to help the thousands of calls received from homeowners, insurance agents and adjusters, property managers and others needing help with commercial and residential building destruction.

Below are a few Extreme Cold Weather Tips to prevent your house or office from getting damaged:

  1. Scrape the snow off your roof as frequently as possible to prevent ice dams from forming.
  2. Utilize fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters.
  • Practice safety by checking ventilation, using fireplace screens and monitoring your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Create a Fire Escape Plan and practice with your loved ones.
  1. Avoid frozen pipes.
  • Wrap all pipes with heat tape, insulation or newspapers to keep moisture out.
  • Drip all faucets in the home or property.
  • For already frozen pipes, open each faucet and pour hot water over pipes or you can use a hair dryer.
  1. Keep an Emergency Kit handy.
  • The best type of kit contains emergency contacts, insurance information, a 3-day supply of food and water, medications, toiletries, weather radio with batteries, blankets, flashlights and other needed items.
  • Use this Family Emergency Plan to keep your family safe: http://locations.pauldavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/PD_EmergencyPlan_form-reduced.pdf
  1. Check on your neighbors and their homes, especially if they are elderly, disabled, or living alone.

We are confident these cold weather tips will keep you safe from harm as you bundle up during this chilly winter. If you do encounter property damage, please do not hesitate to Call Paul! We are here to assist you with multiple property damage services including water, fire, wind and storm damage to any type of residential or commercial building, including the furnishings and contents inside. Every Paul Davis professional is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning Restoration Certification) and there for you 24/7 response.

Resources:

http://www.wcvb.com/weather/icy-rainy-weekend-storm-could-add-to-massachusetts-roof-dangers/31338328

http://www.weather.com/storms/winter/news/arctic-blast-record-lows-midwest-south-northeast

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/19/area-experiences-avalanche-demand-for-snow-and-ice-dam-removal/YNM1tNkRqqZ3bskmRjDp4M/story.html

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/extreme-cold.html

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips

Beat the Cold With These Activities


Winter is not coming to an end in the Dayton area any time soon. When the temperatures are too cold to be outside, pick an item on this list to find something to do.

Here are Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton‘s favorite winter activities:

1. Warm up by the fire with cozy socks and hot chocolate
2. Eat cookies and drink milk
3. Go to a hockey game
4. Donate food or clothing to a charity in Dayton
5. Transport yourself to a different place by reading a book
6. Play old fashioned board games with friends and family
7. Watch a movie marathon
8. Dream about a sunny vacation

When you’re enjoying these fun activities, please remember to put safety first. Dress warmly if you go outside, follow safety rules with heaters, and have an emergency kit available in case of a disaster.

Two Most Common Home Damages Caused by Winter Weather


Some types of home damage are unavoidable during Dayton winters. To help reduce the possibility of something like this happening, we would like to talk about the two most common problems and how you can prevent them.
We’ll begin by discussing frozen pipes. These are a common issue, but we have many ideas for preventing them. If the forecast is projected to creep below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, try some of the ideas below.

  • Don’t turn off your furnace. A warm home equals warm pipes. While it may seem attractive to save money on your heat, the price of repairs following a burst pipe will be much more expensive than your utility bills could ever be.
  • In extreme cold temperatures, let your faucets drip. This can keep the pipe from freezing.
  • If you have have a frozen pipe, the first step you should do is turn off the main water valve and call a plumber.

Ice dams are another large risk due to frigid cold weather. The key is to take precautions before it’s cold outside.

  • Make sure your attic is insulated. This will prevent snow from melting on your roof by keeping warm air out of the attic.
  • Improve ventilation. The key is to cool your attic. Having vents such as an eave, soffit, ridge or gable will allow cold air in.
  • What if an ice dam does occur? Call the professionals at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton as soon as you can.
  • Source: disaster.org

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