Your Belongings and Fire Damage
Who Cares for Your Possessions After a Miami Housefire?
It might feel like everything is in disarray after damaging incidents like fire losses, but your Miami house and its contents are not often entirely ruined. Even with destructive structure fires spreading through many areas of a residence, there are many ways to protect both installed construction materials and the many contents and possessions in harm’s way. Migrating effects like soot and smoke residues can cause permanent damage to sensitive surfaces and fabrics, so handling these items must occur quickly and thoroughly.
What Threats Do Possessions in Your Property Face?
Despite how destructive fires can be, they are also entirely unpredictable. A devastating blaze in one home is mild smoke and puff back damages in another. Scoping the damage to the property can help to identify both the structural concerns and the immediate threats to your contents and belongings still in the property. Our SERVPRO professionals must address multiple conditions after fire damage, including:
- Soot damage
- Smoke residues
- Harsh odors
- Oily soiling
- Potential contaminants
When these conditions directly affect contents like your clothing, furniture, and valuable possessions, our technicians must work quickly to restore these items. We have several strategies for improving the look and feel of damaged contents in your Miami home both on-site and in our nearby warehouse. From immersion tank cleaning for soot damages to thermal fogging and ozone generators to address lingering odors, we have the tools and tech to help.
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SERVPRO of South Miami 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 South Miami 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 South Miami 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