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Salvaging Furniture After A Flood

water damage repair rochester, water damage rochesterWater damage is always unexpected. But what can you expect when you attempt to save your furniture?  What is the water was clean from a broken pipe? What if the house flooded while you were away for the weekend? Do you need to throw everything out? For the best chance of saving your possessions, get a full-service water damage repair team in the home as soon as possible to take every precaution with your furnishings.

Wood Furniture

Quality wood furniture may survive a flood, while furniture made from manufactured products such as plywood or MDF is probably total losses. Your solid wood furniture will need to be cleaned and dried and then assessed for damage. Moisture in wood furniture can also encourage fungus and mold growth, it can take weeks or even months to dry out completely.

Since wood is porous it will easily take up and release water and expand and contract. The fibers move in different directions and contract at different rates, so it is prone to warping and cracking as it dries. Veneer glues are vulnerable to softening by moisture so joins may separate or lift. Drawers and doors might stick; mold could grow on damp wooden surfaces.

Metal Furniture

The good news is that metal furniture doesn’t absorb water, but the bad news is that exposed metal may rust. Depending on the finish, the metal may begin to show signs for water damage in a few days. Sometimes, a simple vinegar solution can dissolve rust, sometimes the finish is ruined. Consult a water damage expert for specifics on your situation.

Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture will absorb contaminants from flood waters. So, in most cases, flood-soaked upholstered furniture should be disposed of unless a very valuable antique. To restore heavily soaked upholstered furniture, professional restoration services are required.

ICC operates a full service residential and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning division and brings this expertise to bear on the restoration of carpet, rugs, and furniture damaged by water, fire and other disasters.


Mattresses present the same problem as upholstered furniture. Fabrics absorb moisture and encourage the growth of mildew and bacteria. To be safe, experts recommend discarding any mattress that has experienced any flood damage. However, if the mattress was exposed to water for only a short time and if the flood water was clean, it might be salvageable. It is important to have it inspected by an expert that can determine the class and category of damage and suggest a course of action.

Mitigation Focused, Full Service

ICC Restoration is focused on restoring damage with as little reconstruction as possible, so the property is returned to normal faster. But if reconstruction or other services are required, they can be your single source of contact to take the project from start to finish. Special equipment and procedures can reduce the restoration by one-third to one-half the time. By 1) keeping restoration costs down and 2) preventing secondary damage such as mold, they are able to save more items.

In Rochester, you can be confident in ICC’s ability to properly estimate the loss and take the proper steps to restore the structure to pre-loss condition with as little reconstruction as possible. Call them at 888.352.2321.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Melisa did such a great job and was so professional and nice. It really helped with the issues I was dealing with. Thanks Again!

- Janell, Waconia

Thank you for everything. You have been more than accommodating to me throughout this nightmare. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome.

- Laura, Woodville, WI

I just can’t thank you enough for making our “water damage ordeal” go away so quickly. Your ability to organize subcontractors and the ICC crews is truly amazing, Mom and I are delighted to be back and settled into our little casa. Your genuine warmth and caring are truly gifts that you bring to your work. You are so appreciated!

- Jane, Stillwater

Thank you for sending Jake to my home. He was the most respectful young man I have ever met. He left my home very clean and he was very knowledgeable.

- Carolyn, White Bear Lake

The project manager did a great job communicating. He was so nice and did a great job checking in with us. Working with ICC was the best part of the flood. The crews really went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. The job could not have gone better.

- Nick & Abbie, Chanhassen

I don’t think your company performed work at Derek’s home as there was minimal damage, he called me today and thanked me profusely for referring ICC to him. He was very impressed with the rep that came to his house and the honesty and helpful advice he gave him about clean up and that it may not be in his best interest to file a claim. He is the type of customer that appreciates good service and will remember it and refer others. Thanks again for ICC’s help.

- Kimberley (Insurance Agent)

Thank you for such AMAZING service!

- Barbara (Insurance Agent), Rochester

ICC turned a really bad experience into a good one. We are very happy with all of the work that was done. They did a great job explaining the claims process.

- Linda, Oakdale

The crews were very professional and communicated well. They were great also about cleaning up after themselves. We would use ICC again. The crews were always on top of the process, which allowed the repairs to go smoothly.

- Church Representative, Edina

Erick did an excellent job explaining the process. We thought that everyone was very professional. They explained everything very well and followed through with everything. Communication could not have been better. I am very happy with my services.

- Gary, Osceola, WI

Our project manager was great to work with; he explained things well and answered all of our questions. Our coordinator also did a good job. Working with ICC was easy. Communication was wonderful and the crews were very professional. We would use ICC again in a heartbeat.

- Angie & Fran, Hudson, WI

The lead technician was great and explained things over the phone very well. I was very impressed. The crews were better than expected and very professional. ICC was extremely responsive; I was out of state and was so impressed with how they kept me informed.

- Jim & Cheryl, Victoria

I was very happy with all the crews at ICC. I had great experience and would not hesitate to work with ICC again should the need arise. Everyone there really knows what they are doing.

- Jerry, Cottage Grove

Dealing with the fire was a very upsetting time. ICC was able to get out to my home quickly and really helped reassure me that everything would be fine. ICC worked very well with my insurance company. I could not have been happier with the whole process. I know I asked a ton of questions and Mark was great about answering them all.

- Karen, St. Croix Falls, WI

The crews were always on time for their appointments. Our job went very well. I am so thankful for everyone at ICC and the excellent work they did.

- Michelle, Shoreview

Everyone I dealt with was just great. My project could not have gone better. Everyone at ICC is professional and is excellent at communicating. I would use ICC again and will be recommending them.

- Connie, Edina

The technicians did a fantastic job. Everyone really cared about me and my concerns. They were extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and knew how to make me feel comfortable. ICC was amazing to work with.

- Kevin, Maple Grove

ICC was terrific to work with and I will be recommending them. I had an excellent experience.

- Patricia, Hudson, WI

The technicians were extremely detailed. I immediately felt like I was in great hands. They were also very calming, always on time and communicated well.

- Sally, Excelsior

The technicians were very good at explaining what was going to take place. They answered all of my questions in great detail. Everyone was very sympathetic to my situation and genuinely cared.

- Anita, St. Anthony

Our project manager payed great attention to detail and had excellent customer service. He was very compassionate and really cared about what we were going through. ICC was wonderful to work with. The crews were very professional and thorough.

- Brian & Jill, Woodbury

I was very pleased with the whole process. Everything went so much smoother than I expected. ICC really helped make it easy.

- Jackie, Woodbury

The crews were very professional and communicated very well. They responded very quickly to our phone calls and always made sure we knew what was going on.

- Robert, Maplewood

Thank you for the wonderful inspection findings and THANK YOU for your professionalism. So much appreciated.

- Carol, Burnsville

My project manager did a great job and was really nice to work with. My coordinator did a great job keeping me informed about the process as well. ICC was wonderful to work with; they were all very professional and treated my home well. The quality of the work done was impressive and I would definitely use them again.

- Paul, Maplewood

I was impressed by the short time it took for the clean up crew to make arrangements to meet me even though we were outside of the metro area.

- Karen, Osceola, WI

As the coordinator of facilities and grounds for the State’s fourth largest school district I am involved is a lot of activities and unfortunately some are emergencies in nature. This includes fire, floods, sewer backups and natural disasters. Thankfully this does not happen often but when it does I rely on a restoration company’s specialists who have the knowledge and equipment to quickly clean and restore the affected area of the building or grounds…

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- Mike Schwanke, Coordinator of Facilities and Grounds District 196

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4481 N Frontage Rd.,
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Rochester, MN 55901

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