In the disaster recovery industry, an “emergency pack-out” is the term used when damaged items are removed and transported to a secure facility for processing and restoration. After a flood or fire, your home or business may be damaged and need repair, but what about your personal or business-related items? How do you start with the process of cleaning and restoring all of them when the clock is ticking and it’s hard to know where to start? Many people turn to a pack-out company for assistance. A good pack-out service will come to your home, do a walkthrough and document your damaged items, pack and transport them to their facility, clean and restore them, then return them to your home when you’re ready to receive them back. [Read more…]
Floor Recovery First Steps
Disaster has struck and your home is now one of the thousands of American homes every year that experiences flooding. It can feel overwhelming and hard to know where to start with tackling the aftermath. What do you do?
First of all, don’t forget personal safety when you’re entering your home to begin assessment and cleanup. Before you enter your home the first time after a flood, check for structural damage to avoid being trapped or injured by a collapse. Have appropriate professionals assist you with turning off the electricity and gas to your home until the wires and pipes can be checked and can be safely restored. As you walk through the house, keep an eye out for dangerous debris underfoot, such as broken glass or nails. [Read more…]
For many home and business owners, a fire or flood are the worst possible nightmares. These disasters mean the potential loss of valuable items, some of which are rare and irreplaceable. After a fire, soot and smoke damage can cover household and business items. Water from the fire department’s efforts can also cause lasting damage to objects. In the case of flooding, there is water damage, of course, in addition to mold and mildew damage that can occur after the flood waters recede. In the past, it was often better to simply get rid of most damaged objects rather than try to clean them. Even in the case of cleaning efforts, the end results were not always desirable, and were both expensive and time consuming. [Read more…]
If you work in disaster recovery, construction or content cleaning, then you may have run across the term packout. While this term is commonly used across multiple industries, many people are unaware of just what it means and how a packout can affect a business. Learn more about what a packout is and how a failed packout can influence your business. [Read more…]