What Can Be Salvaged After Water Damage (And What Usually Can’t)

SalvagedOne of the most common myths about water remediation Janesville homeowners believe is that most property can't be salvaged after a flood. From furniture and clothing to priceless heirlooms, there are a variety of items that can often be salvaged and restored after water damage. Read on to learn more about the items a professional restoration service like Leaders in Disaster Restoration can help you with.


Family heirlooms are some of the most sentimental items a homeowner can own, and many people grieve these items the most after a flood. While upholstered items are more prone to water damage than others, it is often possible to save them with the right techniques.

Wooden Furniture

While it is true that water-damaged wood can become rotted and compromised, professional restoration services are often able to restore these items to great condition. Whether it involves refinishing the base or removing water damaged upholstery and reupholstering an antique frame, there are various steps that can be taken to protect and preserve your favorite wooden furniture items.


While it may be easier to simply replace cheaper items of clothing and linens, some clothes can be salvaged with thorough cleaning. If the clothes have been left in a moist area for an extended period of time, it may be necessary to perform more intensive cleaning than an at-home washer or dryer can provide. Dry cleaning services are often tailored specifically for addressing water damage. The most important thing when it comes to restoring water damaged clothes is to lift and eliminate any mold or mildew. Wet clothes that are allowed to dry will develop a musty smell that can linger forever if not properly treated with safe chemicals designed for the purpose.


Carpeted basements are often difficult to deal with after a flood, but it may be possible to salvage your flooring. Simply drying the carpet is not enough if it has been exposed to sitting water for a long period of time. Flood water is often contaminated, making it important to have the carpet thoroughly cleaned with professional-grade chemicals. Shampooing and drying the carpets is often enough to remove any mildew or set-in debris that occurs as a result of a flood.

Electrical Items

Electrical items are often the most difficult to salvage, and you should never attempt to test or restore water-damaged electrical appliances on your own. A professional restoration service can safely address these items to minimize the risk of electrical shock. If your home has been subjected to flooding, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066. Addressing flood damage as soon as possible is the key to preserving your most important possessions. The longer water has to set in, the more extensive the damage will be.
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