What Happens To My Belongings After Water, Fire Or Mold Damage?


Natural and human-made disasters can damage house property such as furniture, floors, walls, and irreplaceable treasures like family photos. Normally, most people that suffer property damage from fire, smoke, water, or mold feel helpless or are not aware of their options and resort to replacing all damaged items. However, these individuals can seek restoration companies’ insurance services to recover what they might have lost at their affected business or home. Additionally, restoration is cheaper than replacing the damaged items and retaining precious possessions like family heirlooms.

Property Restoration
The two kinds of restoration services include contents and personal property, where the latter serves homeowners. Service covered by property restoration includes repairing, cleaning, and restoring house contents after a catastrophe. Property is either real or personal, where the former refers to the land and permanent structures on it, like a building. Personal property covers the contents inside a residential building or homes like clothing, mementos, heirlooms, and furniture.

Manufactured homes that are not attached to land constitute part of personal property. After a flood or fire incident that damages a building and belongings within its walls, the items are securely packed for safekeeping or undergo the cleaning and restoration process. Items difficult to remove like walls and carpets are left in the residence for onsite cleaning.

The type of item dictates the exact cleaning and restoration process. Items such as plates, furniture, dishes, and electronics, and hard items require specialized machinery to carry out deep cleaning. Conversely, clothing, stuffed animals, and curtains are soft items that typically require cleaning, deodorization, and sanitizing to remove lingering odor, water, mold damage.

Contents Restoration
Contents rehabilitation serves business owners, and the process is similar to that of personal property rehabilitation. It starts by moving the contents inside the structure to another location where storage and restoration shall occur. The contractor will create an inventory list of the items packed and moved to the off-site location where cleaning will commence by removing signs of water, mold, and fire damage. Apart from deodorization that removes unpleasant smells from business possessions, mold remediation is performed on the building after water damage to avoid mold growth.

Recovered Items
The contractor from a selected restoration service provider will inspect all possessions and estimate how best to restore each item. Textiles and fabrics can undergo restoration, including curtains, carpets, rags, shoes, towels, handbags, luggage, and camping equipment. There is a possibility of restoring precious belongings, such as an antique clock, photographs, sculpture, paintings, and porcelain dolls. Documents such as medical records, notebooks, and books can be cleaned after damage by water.

Other items that can be restored include electronics like laptops and household appliances and furniture like armchairs, beds, and bookcases. Restoring of furniture relies on furniture material and the actual cause of damage. Some of the processes and equipment used include ultrasonic cleaning, ozone treatment, launder, spray and wipe, and deodorization. Damage due to water from leaking pipes or flooding is addressed via physical removal or the use of dehumidifiers.

Floodwater makes buildings unstable and promotes the growth of mold that is unhealthy. Mold remediation isolates the damaged areas, removes affected materials, and eliminate the moisture source.

If you have recently experienced damage to your home or business contents from water, fire or mold, fortunately, you have options. While realistic expectations should be made, many items can be salvaged from these kinds of damages.

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