Can My Damaged Cabinets Be Saved?

Work with experts to decide if you can forgo an expensive full cabinet replacement and opt for restoration instead.

If you’ve experienced a disaster like fire, water or vandalism at your home or business, you’ve probably asked yourself: What do I do now?

As soon as your space is safe to reenter, calling in a disaster restoration expert to assess damage to your property, including antiques and heirlooms, molding and millwork, furniture and even your cabinetry, can help set the recovery of your home or business into motion.

Depending on the extent of damage, cabinetry — an expensive component in any space — may be able to be completely restored to pre-loss condition to save you time and money.

Considerations for Cabinet Restoration

To get back into your space faster, Furniture Medic often completes disaster cabinet restoration on-site. The good news: Even if your cabinets need to be removed for off-site work, your countertops will be supported and braced through our emergency pull-out (EPO) service.

Our certified technicians work diligently to salvage and restore whatever they can to help with overall costs. Once impacted areas are addressed using the precision cabinet removal process, the cabinet repair and restoration can begin to restore cabinetry back to pre-loss condition.

Depending on the kind of disaster suffered, there are additional considerations to take into account.

Fire & Smoke Damage

When your space has suffered fire damage, smoke and water often leave their marks, too. Whether it’s centered in the kitchen or an electrical issue found elsewhere on your property, smoke and water damage can spread outside of the flame-impacted area. For cabinetry damaged by smoke or fire, soot and other residue is carefully cleaned from all surfaces to remove odors and particles that could impact the refinishing process.

Water Damage

The key to proper water-damage restoration is drying out the cabinets the right way. Too fast, and the cabinetry can warp. Too slow, and mold can bloom. It’s also important to understand what your cabinetry is made from. We specialize in working with all types of cabinet materials, restoring cabinets back to like-new kind and quality.

Vandalism Damage

Whether surface-level damage from things like paint or purposeful destruction like ripped-off cabinet doors, repair and restoration can be a good option to get back into your space as quickly and painlessly as possible. For damaged hardware and hinges, your technician will help assess if structural damage needs to be repaired before redrilling into the cabinet boxes or doors. Paint damage will be stripped and refinished to perfectly match any undamaged cabinetry.

How to Make a Damage Claim with Your Insurance Company

Depending on your insurance policy, certain losses may not be covered. For example, flooding from natural disasters is usually covered under a flood insurance policy, not a renter or homeowner policy. However, a homeowner’s policy may include coverage for water damage from a burst pipe. It’s always best to refer to your specific policy documents for coverage details.

Certified Furniture Medic technicians can help provide you with information as you file your damage claims with your insurance company. This includes an initial assessment, photos and other necessary documentation, an estimation of work, and then follow-up claim validation once the restoration work is complete.

Find a Disaster Restoration Expert Near You

Ready to get back into your property? Turn to the experts at Furniture Medic to help you every step of the way. Call us at 1-800-RESPOND 24/7/365 to be connected to a certified Furniture Medic expert, email us directly at or fill out the following form and we’ll get back to you quickly.

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