Protection of Salvageable Assets


  • After a disaster it is important to make temporary repairs and do everything possible to protect your salvageable assets.
  • Be sure you have done a damage assessment and taken videos and/or photographs before beginning temporary repairs and salvage efforts.
  • Before acting, it is important to determine if such repairs and salvage efforts are allowable under your insurance policies.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of temporary repairs can/should I make?

You should protect your property from further damage. You should cover broken windows & openings in the roof and, if possible, make walls weatherproof.

What materials can/should I use?

You can use plywood, tarps or heavy plastic, duct tape, tools, which you should have on hand prior to the storm. It is likely that you will have difficulty finding these materials after the storm.

What can I do about water soaked documents?

Water soaked documents should be dried as soon as possible. It is possible to save paper documents if you get to them quickly enough. If you wait too long, they will likely turn to pulp. Finding professional drying companies is difficult. The next best option is separating and air drying documents.

What should I do about water soaked wooden furniture?

Clean and dry wood furniture as soon as possible to avoid warping and wood damage. Be careful not to rub in abrasives such as soil, drywall or plaster that may have fallen onto the finished surfaces.

How can I protect my machinery and other metal objects and furniture from corrosion and rust?

To prevent corrosion, dry any metal objects thoroughly and rub or spray with oil or other corrosion preventative products you have on hand or can procure.

Should I dispose of items I don't think are salvageable?

Unless itmes are a safety or health hazard, it is best not to dispose of anything until it has been examined by an insurance adjuster.

What should I do about electrical equipment/appliances/computers that have been exposed to water?

Thoroughly dry any electrical equipment, but do not apply any oil or other corrosive preventative products. Have all water soaked electrical equipment professionally tested or serviced before using them.

What should I do about carpet and upholstered furniture that have been exposed to water?

Dry and clean rugs and carpets as quickly as possible. Clean water will not normally ruin carpet even if it is mixed with debris.

How do I protect my business from looters and vandals?

Secure your building as quickly as possible. If practical, remove any items of extreme value to a safe place. Be sure you can provide proof of ownership if challenged. Keep your local law enforcement informed as to the status of your property. If possible and necessary, consider contracting with a private security firm. It is best to prearrange for security in the event of a hurricane as it might be impossible to reach anyone after.

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