One of the first questions asked by those who have experienced flooding and water damage in their home is “can my photos be saved?” If the damage to your photo collection is severe, you may want to consider hiring a professional conservator to do the work. Companies that specialize in digital photo restoration can also create digital images of photos that aren’t damaged severely and recreate them through specialized software. When dealing with water damaged photos, there are three very important rules to always remember: Avoid touching: Never touch the image on a wet photograph. The same is true for wet negatives. Halt further damage: Soggy photographs must be placed in the freezer or air dried immediately. The longer they remain wet, the more damage they sustain. Placing them in an environment that halts the process of destruction is essential to the recovery process and...

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