Water damage is stressful. You may be wondering, what furniture can you save? Here are some guidelines to follow when water damage impacts your home or business.
Returning After the Flood
Before you re-enter your home or business, wear appropriate protection. Make sure all power switches are off, and do not go near the property until a licensed electrician has cleared it. Look out for broken floors, broken glass, and other debris. Bring a camera to take photos. Call your insurance company as soon as possible to start the claims process.
- Degree of damage
- Cost of item
- Sentimental value
- Cost of restoration
Floodwaters contain bacteria. Most upholstered furniture is porous, which means it’s at risk if flooded with contaminated water. Salvage antiques if they hold sentimental value. Also, if you decide to keep this type of furniture, consult a professional. Read MHS’s flood damage restoration guide for best practices on safe flood cleanup.
Wood furniture can be often be sanitized. However, inexpensive wood veneers are not usually salvageable. In addition, frames from high-quality furniture can be usually be saved. Do not try to open drawers that have swelled from floodwaters. Furniture should not be handled till it’s completely dry. Also, you should consult with a professional, depending on the damage.
Mold acts fast – so you need to, too. Because of this, you should try to act within 24-48 hours following exposure to water. Mold contamination quickly spreads throughout your entire house. When it’s available, remove humidity by using the air conditioner or a dehumidifier.
Call Your Local Flood Damage Remediation Company
Reduce the stress from your recovery process. Professional water damage restorers can help expedite the drying process of your furniture and other contents. Talk to someone experienced in assessing various types of damage. MHS ensure efficient and thorough flood damage remediation. Call us to find out more information for your specific damages today.