Your Belongings and Fire Damage
When you find yourself dealing with the losses of fire, the mess from the fire itself and the damage created when the fire was put out by firemen, it can be extremely overwhelming. No one really ever thinks that a fire will happen in their home or on their property. To help you protect your property and give you peace of mind, there are tips listed below to help you restore your property to preloss condition.
Safety is always the number one rule. It can be extremely frustrating, scary, and stressful to experience a fire. Be sure to give yourself a moment to compose yourself and clarify with the firefighters that your property is safe to enter before beginning the fire damage cleanup process.
Cleanup does not happen with a snap of your fingers. The process to remediate fire damage is different with every type of fire depending on the scale of the damage and the affected materials. We will walk you through every step so that you won't be going through fire damage cleanup, smoke remediation, or odor elimination alone.
Talk with your insurance agent. They will play a vital role in helping you initiate the fire damage cleanup process. If you have any questions, we are a useful resource for you as well.
Secure your property. Here at SERVPRO, we are able to board up doors, windows, and other openings with plywood as well as tarp any holes in your roof.
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (763) 712-9712
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County 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 Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County 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 Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County 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