When to salvage and when to discard
Can a flooded couch still be repaired? (Photo Credits)
Flooded furniture can cause more stress and financial damage to any household. The instinct of most homeowners though is to salvage and repair what can still be saved. Read this post
Experts warn though that not everything can be saved, and that there is a proper way to deal with flooded furniture.
Purdue University came up with a guideline on dealing with furniture that has been soaked in flood waters.
“Furniture that has been flooded and has porous materials such as leather, fabric
and stuffing is contaminated. It should be discarded because it will likely produce
dangerous molds in your home. Use the following guidelines to begin salvaging flood-damaged furniture. Before starting, evaluate the time and equipment needed.”
Read the rest of the guidelines here.
When to toss
The Spruce meantime shared a guideline on how to determine whether a furniture can still be repaired or not.
“To determine whether a piece of furniture is worth saving you have to look at the extent of the damage. Take into account the cost of the item in relation to the cost of restoration. Finally, you have to also take into account its sentimental value to you. You may want to keep and repair a family heirloom despite the damage.”
Check the whole article here.
Step-by-step ways to deal with flooded furnishing
The Disaster Handbook of the University of Florida meantime shared a comprehensive advice on dealing with furniture that has been soaked in flood waters.
“Remove furniture coverings using a ripping tool, hammer or tack puller, screwdriver or chisel. Remove all tacks from the frame. Wash coverings. Throw away all cotton stuffing. You can dry, fumigate, and sometimes reuse padding made of materials other than cotton.”
Download the rest of the guide here.
Furniture can be usually salvaged when it has been removed from flood waters as soon as possible. Follow guidelines in repairing flooded furniture, or consult a flood restoration professional immediately.