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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

Safeguarding Your Treasures: Tips for Protecting Valuables During Water Damage

Updated: Jul 7


Storage bins on a shelf in the garage
Storage in a garage

Water damage can wreak havoc on your home, but with the right precautions, you can safeguard your cherished belongings from harm. I recently had a client that was more distraught about their family heirlooms than the water damage to their home. We did our best and saved many of the pieces they were concerned about. But with some preventive strategies they may have been able to walk away with all their personal belongings intact. In this blog post, Renew by Grewe Restoration shares essential tips for protecting your valuables during water damage incidents, ensuring your most precious possessions remain safe and sound.


1. Create a Prioritized Inventory:

Start by creating a prioritized inventory of your valuables, including jewelry, important documents, electronic devices, and sentimental items. Store this list in a waterproof container or digital format for easy access during emergencies.

2. Invest in Waterproof Storage Solutions:

Store valuable items in waterproof containers, safes, or storage bags to protect them from water damage. Consider investing in fireproof and waterproof safes for storing important documents, passports, and heirlooms. Please, please, please do not store things in cardboard boxes. 

3. Elevate Valuables Off the Floor: Raise valuable items off the ground to minimize the risk of water exposure during flooding or leaks. Use shelves, tables, or other elevated surfaces to keep items safely above potential water levels.

4. Use Plastic Wrap and Sealable Bags:

For smaller items such as photographs, artwork, and collectibles, use plastic wrap or sealable bags to create an additional layer of protection against water infiltration. Wrap items securely and seal bags to prevent moisture from seeping in.

5. Implement Digital Backups:

Digitally backup important documents, photographs, and files to protect them from water damage. Store backups on external hard drives, cloud storage platforms, or secure digital archives to ensure redundancy and accessibility.

6. Store Items in High and Dry Locations:

Store valuables in high and dry locations within your home, such as upper shelves, closets, or attic spaces. Avoid storing items in basements or areas prone to water intrusion to minimize the risk of damage.

7. Consider Offsite Storage:

If your home is at risk of water damage, consider storing valuables offsite in a secure storage facility. Rent a storage unit or locker to safely store items until the threat of water damage has passed.

8. Act Quickly in Water Damage Emergencies:

In the event of water damage, act quickly to protect your valuables from further harm. Remove items from affected areas, wipe down surfaces, and begin drying procedures to prevent mold and mildew growth.


Preserving What Matters Most

Water damage can be devastating, but by taking proactive steps to protect your valuables, you can minimize loss and preserve what matters most. From creating inventories to investing in waterproof storage solutions, these tips will help you safeguard your cherished belongings and navigate water damage emergencies with confidence.


Warm regards,

Brady Grewe

Owner

Renew by Grewe Restoration

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