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When disaster strikes, it can affect more than just the physical structure of your home – it often affects the contents inside as well. When this occurs, you may need certain items removed from your residence or commercial business. This process is known as a pack out and is the subject of today’s blog post.


No matter what type of disaster you encounter – be it fire, flood, hurricane, or severe weather of any nature – odds are, you have suffered damage to the contents in your home or office. This damage can happen during the actual catastrophe, during the rescue efforts, or in the immediate aftermath. For example, if your home is involved in a fire, your furniture may endure fire damage during the initial breakout, water damage from fire hoses during rescue efforts, and smoke and odor damage to the upholstery after the event is over.

Content pack out is part of the disaster recovery restoration and cleanup process and involves the packing of damaged items in your home and their relocation to a safe area. When a disaster cleanup crew arrives at your home, they will proceed to pack up affected objects and deliver them to a remote location, where they can be accessed for the type of damage (smoke, water, fire, mold and mildew, and so forth). After an initial assessment, a recovery plan will be put into place and the effort to clean and restore your home’s contents will begin.

It is vital that this process takes place as soon as possible, as the longer you wait, the more damage your belongings will endure. Because of this, you should always call a disaster recovery service (such as ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration) in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe.

The removing of items from your home also helps a disaster restoration company to repair the property damage within your house as well. While this restoration and cleanup is occurring, your items are stored in a facility until cleanup crews are finished and your residence is restored to normal. A good damage remediation service will make sure you go through each item that has been “packed out” and restored to make sure you are completely satisfied with the condition of your belongings.


The types of home and office content that are usually packed out after a disaster includes everything from furniture and rugs to books, collectibles, and documents. These items can endure fire damage, water damage, smoke and soot damage, and even mold and mildew. Upholstery and carpets may also need cleaning, and water extraction and dryer services are often required. In addition, clothing sometimes will need dry cleaning and should be taken into consideration as well.


Returning your life or business back to normal should be your number one priority in the aftermath of a disaster. To help ensure this process goes smoothly and as stress-free as possible, you should always employ the help of a disaster restoration service. ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration offers a wide variety of disaster mitigation solutions, and are experienced in all manner of catastrophe recovery for residential and commercial clients, including:

  • Fire Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Flood Damage
  • Smoke and Soot Damage
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning
  • Packout and Storage
  • Trauma and Meth Lab
  • Reconstruction
  • Document Restoration
  • Temporary Repairs
  • Disaster consulting
In addition to mitigating property damage, catastrophe recovery professionals will also help you through the insurance claims process, making the task as hassle-free as possible.