Two years ago, we published a blog post about saving photographs from a basement flood and water damage. Now, in light of the recent 2021 heavy rains and subsequent floods in metro Detroit, is the perfect time to re-vamp the post and re-share some of those same tips:
Basement floods can cause physical damage to your home as well as have an impact on your emotional well-being. Large appliances such as furnaces and water heaters may need to be replaced, furniture may have to be tossed out, and even flooring might be ripped up. While all of these problems are serious, they can be fixed. What is sometimes harder to deal with, is the loss of memories that are often stored in the basement. We are talking baby clothes, old school projects, grandparents’ memorabilia, and of course–photographs.
Your kids may have a hard time believing that hard copies of pictures used to exist without also being saved to hard drive or Instagram camera roll. But that is just what makes these pictures so precious–they cannot be replaced.
in 2019, photographer Liz Roll wrote an article for The Weather Channel describing her process of salvaging photographs from her brother’s flooded basement.
Please check out the full article and read all of Roll’s tips for salvaging photos before getting to work on your own basement.
Also, remember to never re-light a pilot light that has gone out during a flood prior to have a professional come and inspect it. For more information about getting your basement back to normal after a flood, contact us at Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical!