Causes of Damage
Fire is one of the most common types of events that can cause significant damage to items which would require a Total Loss Inventory. The heat and smoke from a fire can also cause secondary damage, such as discoloration and smoke odor. Water damage from floods, leaks, or other sources, can also result in the destruction or deterioration of items. In addition, if asbestos is present in a building, it can cause damage to inventory through contamination, making it unsafe for use or sale.
A wide range of personal property can be impacted by these disasters including furniture, electronics, clothing and textiles, artwork and photographs, books and documents, flooring and carpets, appliances, or personal items such as jewelry, collectibles and keepsakes are just some examples. Items that are destroyed beyond repair and those that are salvageable need to be identified and separated.