Determining Whether Your Home Needs a Contents Packout After Damage

Natural disasters can strike at any time without warning in Toledo OH. The destructive power of fires, floods and storms can be absolutely devastating to your home. However, there is obviously much more that can be damaged in these situations than your house. All of your possessions inside your home can also suffer extensive damage from a wide variety of causes. In some cases, you may require some of your possessions to be removed from your home and taken to a safe location where the extent of damage can be properly assessed. Once this has happened, the resoration process can begin. The removal of these objects is called a packout. How do you know if you need to have some of your property packed out? Here are some things for you to keep in mind to help you determine if a packout is necessary.



A fire has the power to destroy an entire home in just a matter of minutes. However, fires can do an extensive amount of damage to homes that are far from a complete loss. For example, a fire in your home may have been stopped before it spread throughout the entire home. However, a large amount of your possessions may have suffered smoke damage. They might be covered with a layer of soot, not to mention their unpleasant smell. If water was used to put out the blaze, any possessions in that part of your home will be soaked. It is only a matter of time until mold and mildew start to form on them. A contents packout would definitely be called for in this particular situation.


Where many of your irreplaceable possessions are concerned, water can be just as destructive as fire. When certain items have been submerged or allowed to remain wet for an extended period of time, they can become irreparably damaged. This is why time is of the essence when a contents packout needs to be performed. The faster your belongings can be removed from the wet environment and dried out, the better chance you will have of saving them. With any luck, they will be able to be restored to their former glory.

Sewer Problems

For many people, having a sewer back up into their home is their worst nightmare. However, this horrific occurrence happens to people every day. If it should happen to you, it is important that you begin the process of removing your belongings and cleaning the affected area as soon as possible. In the case of a sewer backing up into your home, waiting too long to begin the packout process could present a serious health risk to you and your family.

If any damage is done to the interior of your home, you should contact an experienced home damage restoration service in Toledo OH. Some of the services they offer include cleaning and attempting to restore your possessions, cleaning your carpets and upholstery, removing mold and mildew and removing damage caused by soot and smoke.

If your home could use some fixing up just call American Builders. Find us online at, visit us in Toledo, OH at 6222 North Summit St. (or in Monroe at 3000 North Detroit Ave. or Findlay at 431 Prospect Ave.) or call us at 1-855-693-4727 (MYDISASTER).


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