Fire Damage to Your Belongings in Your Akron Home
Experiencing a fire is always challenging. SERVPRO of West Akron has helped many families and businesses restore their property after such a devastating tragedy. Smoke and soot can affect the structure, but also your belongings inside. The sooner you start the cleanup and restoration process the quicker you will get back in your home or back to business. Our crews have the knowledge and experience to determine what to do with your salvageable and unsalvageable materials after a fire.
It is important to make a list of all damaged materials. Depending on the insurance policy, you can get reimbursed for the replacement of damaged items.
After your home or business has been declared by the fire department as safe to enter, you should start making an inventory of all the items that have been damaged in the fire. The list should include all appliances, furniture, decorations, and personal items.
Insurance companies may require you to provide documentation of ownership. This includes receipts, brand name, price, serial number, and a description. If you do not have access to receipts, then try to go through your bank statements or even find photographs in which the item is visible.
It is important to remove any salvageable materials quickly after the fire. Soot and smoke can start deteriorating the unaffected items. The longer items stay secondary damage may occur which could create a complicated situation with insurance.
It is significant to contact the insurance company before any cleaning or restoration work begins. The insurance adjuster will provide a detailed scope of work that will be covered by insurance. If needed, you may need to rent a storage unit or pod to keep any possessions while the structure is being cleaned and rebuilt. Some restoration companies may pack out all the belongings to bring back to their warehouse to clean and store.
A fire can do significant damage to your structure and belongings, some that is irreversible. Consulting and hiring a restoration expert can help you determine if the items are salvageable or unsalvageable. SERVPRO of West Akron can determine if the items can be restored or need to be replaced. Our number one goal is to save anything we possibly can, and make it "Like it never even happened." Contact our IICRC certified crews to help restore and rebuild your home or business after a fire at 330-867-5723.