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Baytown Home Care: Recovering Keepsakes After a Fire

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Baytown Home Care: Recovering Keepsakes After a Fire Fire Damage Fact: Kitchen fires are among the most common types of fires that occur in homes across the United States

Baytown Home Care: Recovering Keepsakes After a Fire

Grief, vulnerability, and anger are common emotions after a fire ravages your home. Filing insurance claims, fire damage, smoke and water damage, and the rebuilding process is naturally overwhelming. All of these emotions are compounded when heirlooms, artwork, and personal keepsakes have been damaged. Fire damageaffects thousands of people in our community each year, and unfortunately, many people toss out items that appear to the untrained eye, to be unsalvageable.

The SERVPRO of Baytown-Channelview team has the expertise and the equipment necessary to restore many items, including those with high sentimental value, but you must act quickly. The longer your keepsakes remain soot covered and damp, the more challenging it will be to restore the items to their original state. While it may be tempting to jump in and start wiping down items, this often causes greater damage. Antiques, fine art, photo albums, and even fabric items like curtains, clothing, rugs, and upholstered furniture can be saved, under most conditions, if the proper process starts immediately.

Clothes, rugs, and upholstered furniture will need to be cleaned quickly to ensure that mildew and mold do not set in. Our warm and humid climate here in the Houston area is an ideal incubator for mold and mildew growth; it is essential to act quickly as they can cause permanent damage.

An important note, for safety reasons, is not to use any electrical appliances that have been exposed to fire or water as significant damage may have occurred, even if the item appears to be okay on the outside. The tremendous heat and steam generated by fire and water can cause electrical items to fail, and there is a possibility that the faulty wiring could start another fire.

It may be tempting to pick up a photo and wipe the smoke and sludge. Don’t do that – as that act could damage it permanently. Unless the photo was burned, in many cases it can be restored, even with significant smoke and water damage. Also, if you find a clump of photos that have stuck together, do not try to separate them. After fire or water damage,your local SERVPRO team will step in and use tried and true methods and processes to restore your photographs.

While it may seem like a good idea to allow wood furniture and leather items to dry in the warm Houston area sun after a fire, this action can cause irreparable damage, such as warping, , and can even hasten decay. Leather goods are other items that must be cleaned and dried properly, or items may have to be disposed of.

Do it yourself fire remediation is not recommended, and the vast majority of insurance companies will pay for the fire, smoke, and water damage left in the wake of the disaster. The SERVPRO team of Baytown and Channelview stands at the ready to help our neighbors through the overwhelming process of recovering from a fire. Call us immediately, and we can get to work recovering and restoring your heirlooms, photographs, antiques, artwork, and other priceless items caused by Channelview and Baytown smoke damage.

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