1. Safety Measures and Precautions Before Entering Your Property
Check with emergency personnel before entering the property after interior flooding. Turn off utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. Electrocution, for instance, is a serious threat when coupled with standing water in your home.
Dress to protect yourself from hazards. This may include wearing a 95-micron mask, a hard hat, protective clothing, and waterproof boots. Visit your property during daylight hours when possible and bring a flashlight for improved visibility.
2. Move Furniture Out of Standing Water
Remove loose cushions from sofa and chairs. Move heavy furniture to a dry area within the property. You can place aluminum foil under the legs of furniture that’s too heavy to move to separate it from wet carpeting.
3. Upholstered Furniture
Upholstery items may be your biggest loss. Fabric-upholstered furniture immediately absorbs allergens, microbes, mold and mildew from contaminated floodwater. It is difficult to remove these health risks, even if the items appear clean and dry.
However, ATH can assess the condition of your furniture items and offer guidance. It is our goal to help you salvage as much of your property as possible.
Like water-damaged fabric furniture, a mattress absorbs a lot of moisture that can lead to mold growth within a day or two. Most experts argue in favor of discarding mattresses because of health risks. However, it depends on the category of water damage and length of time the mattresses are wet.
Move the mattresses to a dry area, sprinkle them (front and back) with baking soda, and elevate them off the floor or ground to facilitate drying. A fan can also help speed up the drying process. But if you suspect mold, any movement of air spreads the mold spores to other items and areas of the home, which then requires professional mold remediation.
Remember to take photos and keep invoices and receipts from the sanitization company (contents packout) for insurance claims.
5. Rescuing Water-Damaged Wood Furniture
Manufactured wood furniture constructed from MDF (Medium-density Fibreboard) or plywood is usually a total write-off. Constructed with recycled timber and fine fibre materials, it absorbs water rapidly and causes irreparable swelling, cracking, and splitting. You may be able to repaint it if the damage is minimal.
Solid wood furniture pieces such as teak or oak fare much better after water damage. First, remove them from standing water and wet carpets or place aluminum foil under the legs. Next, dry the wood thoroughly using super-absorbent microfiber cloths.
Treat small areas of mold growth. Then you can restore the finish with a lanolin-based solid wood product.
Furniture that stands in floodwater or a moisture-heavy environment for an extended period needs careful inspection and longer drying time. You can speed up the drying process by removing movable parts like drawers, doors, and panels. But don’t force them if they won’t budge. Damp wood swells and shrinks based on its moisture content. Reduce humidity in the space and give the wood time to shrink and dry out.
Save Water-Damaged Furniture with our Contents Packout Service
Dealing with the trauma of water damage is easier when you know you haven’t lost all of your belongings. We offer 24/7 emergency service, a free consultation, licensing and certifications, and a three-year workmanship warranty. Ask about our contents packout service when you schedule your free inspection.