Contents Restoration

Looking for guidance for restoring and cleaning items from an everyday drinking glass to grandma’s antique dolls? Tips for mastering the inventory and pack out process? Those answers, and anything else related to contents restoration, are right here.

Restore vs. Replace: Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Thanks to advancements in restoration and cleaning technology, it is more possible than ever to restore a vast number of items – instead of tossing them in the landfill and replacing them with new. This is great news for restorers and insurance carriers as the cost to restore item often costs far less than replacement, and gives contractors another revenue stream. There are also different options for contents restoration and cleaning services – including hard contents, electronics, textiles, artwork, and other specialties. Two experts in the world of soft contents restoration join this episode

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Art Restoration is More Than Just Paintings

The term “art restoration” means a lot more than bringing paintings back to life. Art encompasses many of the things that people value from a sculpture to home décor. These are often physical items that cause worry when the thought of damage from a flood or fire comes to mind.  There’s also an emotional connection to sentimental pieces handed down from generations, sports memorabilia, taxidermy or old family photographs that cannot be replaced but often can be restored. In the event of artwork loss, choosing the right restoration company is important. At Prism Specialties,

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When Shopping Must Go On | A C&R Case Study

Publisher’s Note: We love sharing restorer’s stories of interesting losses you and your team have tackled! In this C&R Case Study, Chad Holland, from Paul Davis Restoration of S.E. Wisconsin, shares the journey of restoring a mall heavily damaged by a tornado. Paint a picture of the loss – when did the tornado happen, and what was the overall damage to your town? Was your franchise affected?  The mall in Richmond Indiana was hit by a EF0 tornado on June 15, 2019. It had a short and narrow path of destruction mainly in the general vicinity

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A Mould Problem: Cleaning 650,000 Damaged Books

Publisher’s Note: We are thrilled to bring a case study from Down Under into this issue of C&R! We are pre­serving their terminology – like mould vs. mold – and hope you enjoy their incredible story! When AllAces Cleaning and Restoration was faced with the challenge of a lifetime, their team banded together – and got in­novative. In 13 weeks, they cleaned 650,000 mouldy books; that’s one every three seconds. Scope of Work This story started with a simple email. A project manager reached out to AllAces Cleaning and Resto­ration because a university in

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Finding Value in Contents Cleaning & Restoration

Barb Jackson is a Certified Restorer who has been helping companies set up contents cleaning divisions and tackle the toughest jobs for decades. In this episode of Restoration Today, Barb (owner of Total Contentz) shares her plethora of knowledge and lessons she’s learned over the years on contents on topics like: In-house vs. subbing out contents cleaning Value of adding a contents division Best innovations in the last decade Predictions on future of contents restoration/trends Plus, she shares stories from some memorable jobs – including a bank vault!

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Taking Another Look At How To Determine “Clean” For Fire Restoration Projects

As an organization that conducts field investigations, provides laboratory analysis of mold and particulate samples, and offers training classes related to various aspects of indoor air quality, Wonder Makers has extensive experience addressing questions related a whole range of indoor contaminants. One indoor pollutant that is often underestimated in regards to its impact on aesthetics and health is fire residue, such as soot and smoke. So, it was no surprise when a recent client requested our opinion about the best method for determining the effectiveness of cleaning efforts related to a fire loss. In

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contents cleaners in hazmat suits

Contents Cleaning in A Post-COVID World: What Has Changed?

A popular question I am getting asked quite frequently these days: “what has changed in contents restoration with COVID in the world today?” My answer? Everything and nothing at all. Wait…WHAT? Nothing has really changed in regards to how we should be protecting ourselves when working on a fire job or how we should process a job. What has changed is our awareness of just how critical it is to process contents properly while protecting ourselves, our employees, and our clients at all times. This virus got in our face, and produced immediate consequences

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The Art of Saving Art

Ben Umberger’s seen it all. From an impressive collection of PEZ dispensers to art dating back hundreds of years, Umberger and his team at Carolina Conservation — a fine art conservation company for the insurance restoration industry and private clients — have spent the last 15 years saving valuable content from disaster. “We cover everything from the evaluation to the treatment, storage, delivery, and installation,” says Umberger, managing partner at Carolina Conservation. “We do it all.” But time and time again, Umberger says he’s faced with an interesting problem. After a disastrous event like

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Join or Die

RESTORATION ADVOCACY REPORT #1 – JUNE 20, 2019 An infusion of fresh thinking and younger leadership at the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has led to the conclusion that to give members a good return on their investment of dues, RIA must advocate for the legal and financial interests of restorers. Accordingly, I am excited to report that RIA has formed the industry’s first unified advocacy team, the Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA) Committee. Its sole purpose is to advocate for the property restoration industry. What’s more, RIA and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and

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Unintended Consequences: In-Place Drying and the ANSI/IICRC S500

FOREWORD FROM THE AUTHOR The state of the restoration industry can cause stress and anxiety for the prudent businessman. Insurance company rules, third party administrator (TPA) rules and now even drying documentation software program rules impose demands upon restoration professionals that may result in a compromised end product. To add insult to injury, the contractor must warranty their products even though the rules may restrict their ability to manage risks. For many restoration professionals, this has become intolerable. Where did these water damage restoration procedural and technical protocols come from? Did the ANSI/IICRC S500

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