Knowing What To Salvage During Restoration

It can be devastating to have to throw out valued belongings after dealing with water damage. To help reduce the amount of damage done, you need to begin water restoration right away. Depending on how long the water damage is present, some items may be able to be saved. So, how do you determine what can be salvaged and what needs thrown out? 

The following list will help provide some direction when dealing with water damage restoration:

Photographs and Documents

Possessions with sentimental value should try to be saved at all costs. If wet photos are stuck together, fill a bucket with clean water and submerge the photos. Gently swish them around until they begin to separate (you can do this with photos that have stuck to the glass in frames also). Once the photos have separated, lay them on a flat surface and let them dry out. If the damage is more severe, you can take them to photo restoration professionals to see what they can save. Documents may be able to be saved if they have not begun to deteriorate in the water. Lay them on a flat surface lined with parchment paper and let them dry. Paper documents may not hold up as well as photos, so some may not be salvageable, but for those that are, it is important to get them dried as quickly as possible. 


The longer pieces sit in water, the worse the damage will be. If furniture was removed from the flooded room early on, it will more than likely be able to be dried and put back to use. Wood furniture that sustained water damage could take weeks to dry completely, but may still be saved after all water has been dried. If you have metal knobs on drawers, you will want to remove them during the drying process so they do not corrode. Any furniture that has upholstery will have to have the fabric removed for cleaning, and the inner padding will have to be replaced if it was soaked with water. All furniture pieces should be thoroughly cleaned following water damage

Carpets and Flooring

If carpets, rugs, and flooring have been exposed to contaminated water, they could contain unhealthy toxins and need to be professionally cleaned or replaced. With proper drying and cleaning, your flooring and rugs can be repaired and restored back to their pre-water damage condition. In most cases, carpet padding will have sustained the most damage so it may need to be replaced, but the carpet itself might not have to be. 

To ensure the best outcome for your home and belonging following water damage, you need to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. Premier Restoration is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to respond to your water damage. Our trained and experienced staff specialize in water restoration, and know how important your home and belongings are so we work fast to mitigate damages and provide the best possible outcome.