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Sentimental Possessions May Be Salvageable After a House Fire

8/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleans Up a Toy or a House After Fire Damage in Anoka

After Fire Damage, SERVPRO Strives to Restore Personal Keepsakes and Sentimental Items

Sometimes items that may be deemed “unsalvageable” because of a small monetary value have the highest sentimental value for our customers. After a fire, an insurance company will make a determination whether it is more economical and feasible to clean and restore an item or pay to replace it. If it is more cost-effective to replace, the item is deemed “unsalvageable”. Unfortunately, this doesn’t take into account any sentimental worth the item may have.  

This toy earthmover was taken out of a house fire in Anoka by our crews. Because it was covered in soot and smoke, the toy was put into the unsalvageable category. But this yellow grader was the favorite possession of the homeowner’s 4-year old son, who lost most of his belongings and toys in the fire. Our cleaning team took it upon themselves to clean this yellow toy grader and restore it to its original condition "Like it never even happened." We carefully wiped down, using brushes and cleaning tools, the metal body, plastic tires, and turning mechanisms with various cleansers and solvents. When we delivered it to the rental home where the family was staying the look of joy on the boy’s face was worth all the effort! He was ready to use his yellow toy grader to rebuild his house.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes pride in giving back to our local communities. Rely on us to restore your water or fire damaged property, including your keepsakes and heirlooms, to its pre-loss condition whenever possible. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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