Your Belongings and Fire Damage
Restore vs Replace Following Fire Damage
There is little in life that's more devastating than a fire to your home or business. The resulting damage and destruction that takes place goes well beyond the structural aspects of your home, often damaging your personal belongings as well, leaving behind smoke and odor damage and other difficult to get rid of residue. Attempts to put out the fire can exacerbate the damage, creating additional water damage and mold, taking an even further toll on your belongings. That's why our SERVPRO company takes great care in restoring all aspects of your home, including your family's furniture, keepsakes, clothing and other personal effects.
We use special equipment to thoroughly clean all aspects of your home, restoring it to its proper condition. Although it's true that certain elements may not be salvageable, we can often restore items that other companies would have you replace. Our ability to do so can end up not only saving you money, but also allow you to hold onto items you've cherished throughout the years, those same items that make your house into a home.
Our SERVPRO team consists of highly trained and certified professionals in Austin TX, who are available 24/7 for emergencies. Our restore vs replace motto has helped numerous Austin residents save money & feel more secure, knowing that there is hope of restoring items that otherwise may be lost. If you need help after a fire, contact our SERVPRO company today!
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SERVPRO of Downtown and East Central Austin 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 Downtown and East Central Austin 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 Downtown and East Central Austin 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