Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips!
I'm away with family for the holidays and just received word that my apartment in Vancouver BC was two floors directly below an apartment that had a major fire two days ago. I'm flying back tomorrow and have to have everything out of the apartment by Saturday
so that they can start 'ripping up floors/walls'. The manager told me over the phone that: "Your place has lots of damage but your stuff didn't look too bad". The apartment above me has major water and smoke damage. The building is concrete, which is why the fire didn't spread.
I have no renters insurance of course. *slaps forehead*
I've seen this thread
, but I'm more concerned about water damage than smoke, and there's not really any money available for cleaning/restoration services.
So my question is:
With limited time, what should I keep and what should I toss? I have not seen the apartment yet, but how do I assess what will mold, what can be cleaned, what tips and tricks are there for managing water damage? Any must have products that will help with this? Assume that there are books, clothes, furniture, electronics (including a Korg piano keyboard that I'm super crossing my fingers about), and other standard household stuff.
We'll be getting a uhaul and putting most of it in storage for a month while they reconstruct the place.
Also if you have any legal (or common sense) advice for an uninsured tenant in BC, I'd love to hear it.
Anything I'm not thinking of, also welcome. Bit shellshocked still.