How to Save Furniture After a Flood
When your home is devastated by a flood, your situation can seem hopeless. You may think that all your furniture is ruined, but the experts at FLA-CAT are here to tell you that all is not lost. You can save your furniture and your home! Whether your furniture has been in the family for years, passed down from generation to generation, or maybe it’s something you’ve worked hard to obtain–whatever it is, we understand that some furnishings are irreplaceable.
After a flood, you may want to go in your home and start salvaging furniture and other possessions immediately. This is a mistake! First, it’s important to make sure your home is safe before re-entering. Flooding can weaken floors and walls and make them unstable, creating an even more dangerous environment. Prevent another disaster by being safe and call in the experts to check your home for danger.
After the experts have cleared your home for re-entry, you can check your furniture and see what can be saved. Keep in mind, there are still steps needed to prevent further damage to your furniture. Just because the flooding is over doesn’t mean your furniture is in the clear. The first thing you should do is see if there’s still water around the furniture. If there is, move the pieces away from the water.
Next, determine the material with which your furniture is made. If the furniture is made out of wood, the first thing you need to do is make sure all of the wood is out of water and dried. It may take a long time, up to six months in some cases, to completely dry. A common mistake is putting wood out in the sun to dry. This is a mistake! The sun can warp the wood, preventing any sort of reassembling.
If your furniture is made of upholstery, separate colored items to prevent colors from bleeding. Drying out individual pieces is next. It’s important to conduct a thorough inspection of mildew and mold in your furniture. If you find any, treat immediately with turpentine, or ammonia and water. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems.
If you have water damage in Florida, or don’t know how to clean up, give us a call. The disaster experts at FLA-CAT have been in the business since 1998 and have helped numerous residents and companies clean up and restore homes and businesses after floods.