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Contents Pack-Out: The #1 BEST Way To Start The Fire Restoration Process

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional performing content pack-out services after a house fire in Atlanta Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for superb fire restoration services!

A contents pack-out is necessary for any situation where contents need to be sorted and stored before cleaning services begin.

Many types of disasters can cause severe damage to a home or business, but the arguably absolute worst is fire damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton receive hundreds of calls a year from property owners who are distraught after fire damage to their property. 

We want to be there for any property owner who needs help navigating the fire restoration process! Therefore, the following blog post will outline the first step in the fire restoration process, also known as the contents pack-out phase. Keep reading to discover why it is so essential in the content cleaning process.

What is an contents pack-out?

Contents pack-out is the process of removing contents from a building before further restoration services can begin. A contents pack-out is usually done for two reasons- to determine which contents are salvageable and for storage purposes.

The contents pack-out process

The list below is the standard process that will occur during a contents pack-out. The process can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on the scope of the contents and the size restoration job.

Step One: Organizing

The organization process requires a restoration professional to separate all salvageable items from unsalvageable items. The restoration professional will be in close contact with the property owner during the organization step to ensure they are aware of the unsalvageable items.

Step Two: Inventory  

The inventorying process will require a detailed list of all contents removed from the property. The inventory list will include a description of each item, its condition, and its location in the property.

Step Three: Transportation 

The transportation process will require the contents to be moved into our trucks and then returned to our facility for contents restoration. 

At our facility, we will place your contents in our secure contents storage area until the restoration process is complete.

Step Four: Contents Restoration

The contents restoration process requires contents to go through deep cleaning and repairs needed for contents damaged from smoke, fire, or water damage. The following contents may be restored to their pre-disaster condition:

  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Photos

Step Five: Pack-back

After contents are restored, the contents will need to go through a vigorous unpacking process, also known as a back-back. The pack-back process is performed after the property is restored. The restoration professional's detailed inventory list will ensure that each item is placed back in the correct location.

Choosing the right pack-out company

When choosing a pack-out company, you will want to ensure they fully understand the property insurance claim estimating process because an insurance claim should cover content pack-outs.

It is common for a restoration contractor to use the Xactcontents estimating software to help with the contents pack-out. Xactcontents is a known estimating software that most insurance companies use to help with content restoration claims.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the contents pack-out process and why it is essential in the fire restoration process. The contents pack-out process ensures a property gets restored faster with minimal interruption to life's normal routine while protecting property owners' most valuable possessions and keeping them at their preloss value.

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a turn-key restoration company that offers professional content pack-out services. When you choose to work with us after a fire damages your property, we will restore the property and the contents to their preloss condition.

Please contact us today to learn more about our restoration services. We are available 24/7 for emergency fire restoration services.

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