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Repair or Replace Fire Damaged Possessions- SERVPRO of Los Gatos can Help You Make Those Decisions

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Even heavy duty metal tools can become damaged beyond repair in a fire. SERVPRO can help you determine which items to repair or replace.

Not Everything is Repairable After Fire Damage in Los Gatos

Not everything in your home needs replacing after fire damage strikes. Depending on the severity of the situation, you may be able to restore or refurbish almost everything in the affected area. However, some belongings may be too far gone to repair, even with the help of a professional damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Take a close look at your belongings to determine whether or not it is worth repairing over replacing them.

Tools, Metal, and Mechanical Parts

Fire damage in Los Gatos can reach any part of your home, including the garage, tool shed, or other storage areas. When metal parts and tools get touched by flames, they usually come out all right. Applying some non-water-based cleaning products and polishes to metallic objects can remove most damage residues.  The cleaning also helps to identify areas that may be permanently damaged rather than temporarily dirtied. However, if you notice any warping, shrinkage, or cracks in the metal, that may be a sign to throw out the part and find a replacement. Metal that has expanded or melted under high temperatures is non-repairable, and if these contortions impede the functionality of the item, they are non-salvageable.


Most fire-damaged electronic items are non-repairable without spending significant amounts of money. Fire damage to circuit boards and sensitive components require care from specialists who may charge substantial fees.  At this point, it is more cost-effective to replace the item. However, often painting surface-level damages or adding replacement part from the manufacturer can repair the item and mask damages. If you're unsure about whether or not the electronic items in your home are repairable, try calling in a SERVPRO inspector.


Restoration of many types of fire damaged fabrics and clothing occurs through power washing in high-end washing machines. Make sure to set the cycle on the most intense settings possible and use scented detergent products to eliminate as much of the smoke odor as possible. Some items may need to be hand-washed, so be sure to read the washing instructions on each article of clothing before throwing them into a machine.

If you want to bring in a professional company to handle fire damage mitigation and restoration for you, call SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020. We stay ready 24/7 to respond to local emergency calls for help.

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