Your Belongings and Fire Damage
Getting Content Restoration Started Fast
Many property owners will not have the time or ability to perform the due diligence to protect and preserve contents exposed to smoke and fire damage amid an emergency. Already in these situations is to ensure the safety of everyone inside the house, and only then can any minute steps occur to aid in the later restoration efforts. For this reason, we focus on a fast response to ensure we provide needed mitigation and emergency services to protect what matters most. We have several early actions like relocation and off-site recovery to limit loss.
Inspecting Items for Salvageability
In most cases, property owners are not able to tell on their own whether or not certain materials and contents are salvageable. Even the experienced professionals responding to put out the blaze initially are only trained in extinguishment and not in the property's restoration needs. Our experienced team looks at each item individually for any potentially problematic damages, including:
- Soot damage
- Smoke odors
- Water damage
Who is Responsible for Our Content Cleaning Cost?
An important question for many customers is who is financially responsible for many of the actions necessary to restore and recover various portions of your home or its contents after a fire. For content cleaning, this typically falls under the purview of general restoration after a fire, making it something that most primary insurance companies cover after a damage claim.
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SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
- Television sets
- DVD players
- And more
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
Document / Photograph Drying
When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:
- Air Drying
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze Drying
- Vacuum Thermal Drying
Contents Claim Inventory Service
When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.
Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:
- Preloss list and value of contents
- Detailed and accurate report
- Better information to settle claims quicker
- Assistance with burden of proof for claims