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Flooding in your home can leave you concerned not just about the damages to the house, but also to your furnishings. Acting quickly is the key to minimizing the damage and saving as much furniture as possible. The following tips can help you take the right steps while you wait for the water damage restoration professionals to arrive.
Tip #1: Move everything out
The single best thing you can do is to move all furniture out of the flooded room. Not only does this get the items away from the source of moisture, but it also clears the room so it will be easier to begin restoration tasks. If you take items outside, make sure the weather is dry. Lay down tarps to prevent the items from absorbing more ground moisture. Tarps are also necessary if you are placing the furniture on concrete, such as in a garage or under a patio covering. Don't cover furniture with tarps, though, as this will only trap moisture.
Tip #2: Lift what remains
If you can't move everything out or if the weather won't allow you to take the furniture outside, then you have to try and lift everything out of the moisture where it sits. Place non-corrosive metal pans or plastic trays beneath each furniture leg to provide a barrier against the moisture on the floor. If the water is a couple of inches deep, you can place blocks on top of the pans to elevate the legs above the moisture. Just don't encase wood legs in plastic to protect them, since this will trap moisture and lead to wood rot.
Tip #3: Dry out the upholstery
The damaged finish on wood can often be repaired, but water damage to upholstery can destroy the piece. Remove any cushions or covers from the furniture as soon as you can access it after a flood. If these items are washable, either by hand or machine, then do so and then dry them promptly. Otherwise, use a shop vacuum or a similar water extraction device to remove as much water from the upholstery as possible, and then use fans to help speed drying. Once dry, you can spot clean to remove any stains.
Be patient as you wait for a damage contractor to arrive. If you can begin the drying process on your furniture pieces, there is a good chance that most damage will only be surface deep and can be repaired. Contact a water damage specialist in your area or check out websites like http://www.crsidaho.com for more help.Share
11 October 2017