What Personal Items Can Be Restored After a Flood?
During a severe flood, your home is inundated with black water. This is water that has been contaminated with feces, urine and other harmful substances. Because of the serious health risks involved with coming into contact with black water, it’s important that you hire an experienced professional to safely handle the cleanup. This includes content cleaning.
Which personal items can be restored after a flood depends on several factors, including how severe the damage is and how porous the material is. Non-porous materials that can almost always be cleaned and restored include the following:
• Plastics, including furniture, dishes and toys
• Metals, such as furniture, stands and jewelry
• Glazed pottery or ceramics
• Hard wood furniture
Porous materials may not be salvageable during content cleaning. If the damage is mild, they can usually be cleaned, dried and restored. However, if damage is severe, they may simply need to be replaced. Porous items include things like the following:
• Carpets and rugs
• Upholstered furniture
• Anything made of plywood
• Books and Documents
• Photographs, posters and prints
• Soft toys
• Leather Goods
It may be possible to restore porous items that have suffered moderate damage; however, the cost could be high. In these cases, it may be more practical to replace damaged possessions unless they have a very high sentimental value. For example, it may be worth it to you to restore a one-of-a-kind photograph, but it may make more sense to replace a favorite leather jacket than pay for an expensive restoration.
Restoration experts can often save critical information in important documents, books and photographs by digitizing them. Unless the physical object is of great sentimental value, digitizing water-damaged documents and photographs is often a more affordable way to preserve them.
Content cleaning can be an emotional and difficult stage of post-flood cleanup, but before you make a decision about which possessions to throw away, talk to a restoration specialist at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County. Our representatives can help you figure out what is worth restoring and what isn’t.
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