When flood damage hits upholstered furnishings

When to salvage and when to discard

Basement flood, Day 2

Can a flooded couch sti8ll 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.

How to spot water damage immediately

Can a flooded washing machine be salvaged?

When the Washer Gets Flooded

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Can flooded laundry appliances still be repaired and saved? (Photo Credits)

Home laundry equipment like washers and dryers are important for any home. When flooding happens though, it could be one of the heaviest appliances that might is difficult to move to safety. With this homeowners ask, can flooded washers still be refurbished or salvaged?

The website House Maintenance does not recommend a repair if the unit has been submerged in flood waters.

“Flooded washer / dishwasher – both have electrical wiring, motors, and other components installed in the lower portion of its enclosure – if submerged, have it replaced. Flooded clothes dryer – gas or electric will have a motor at the base, some wiring, gas valve / pressure regulator – if submerged, have it replaced.”

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Sanitizing after repair

For those that can be salvaged as per technicians, the North Dakota local government mentioned some tips on sanitizing the washers and dryers after a flooding occurrence. Read this post  

“After washers and dryers have been reconditioned, sanitize them as follows: Pour  a  disinfectant  (chlorine,  pine  oil,  or  phenolic)  into  the  empty  washing  machine.  Then  complete  a  15-minute  cycle  at  the  “hot”  water setting.  Unplug the dryer and wipe the drum and door with a cloth dipped in disinfectant solution. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water.  Leave  the  dryer  door  open  until  all  parts  are  thoroughly  dry  —  preferably overnight.”

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Replacement Advice

The Pennsylvania State government also came up with a similar advice. It also shared some tips, if and when the homeowner decides to just replace their home laundry equipment.

“If you decide on replacement, be aware that most of the energy used by washing machines is used to heat the water. Look for machines that offer several water temperature selections for both wash and rinse cycles. A load of laundry washed and rinsed in hot water can cost as much as 20 times more than one using cold water for both cycles. Also look for machines that allow you to choose different water levels.  If you decide to replace your dryer, you’ll find that newer models are able to sense dryness and automatically shut off. Compared with the older models, which operate on a timer, a new model can save between 10 percent and 15 percent on energy costs. “

Take a look at the rest of the article here.

For whole home restoration following a flooding, it is best to get in touch with expert flood restoration service companies.


Repairing Flood-Damaged Flooring

Dealing with flood-damaged floors


Flood-damaged floors need to be repaired soon. (Photo Credits)

When flooding hits a home, it will for sure hit and damage the home’s flooring system. Homeowners should be quick in dealing with this issue so that the damage and the expenses can be toned down.

The response to this issue basically depends on the type of flooring the home has.

Service Ratings Website Angie’s List recommends that for laminate flooring, professional help should be sought for most cases.

“Not only can the moisture damage the subfloor itself, mold could develop within 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to quickly remove sodden laminate, and provide good ventilation for about a week so the subfloor can fully dry. Reasons a pro should remove laminate: If the subfloor is damaged, very old or might contain asbestos, you’d be wise to hire a professional who knows how to properly remove and dispose it.”

Read the rest of Angie’s List’s advice here.

Wood flooring

For wood flooring, the same initial response in needed – fully dry the flooring before attempting to repair. Wood Floor Doctor published a comprehensive guide on dealing with a flooded wooden flooring.

“You can expect the wood to continue to swell, and if it gets to a point where you simply cannot walk across it, you should then relieve the stress by removing about 2 boards all the way across the middle of the kitchen. It’s a good idea to do this anyway because this will allow more ventilation of the subfloor.”

Check out the rest of the guide here.

When molds have set in

The Spruce meantime shared some tips on how to deal with wooden flooring that may have already been affected with molds. San Diego, CA  

“Scrub with the water/TSP solution until mold and mildew are removed, then rinse with clear water and allow to dry. It helps the “healing process” if you can remove any pooled-up water from your cleaning efforts as soon as possible, rather than waiting for evaporation. A rubber push squeegee or Shop-Vac will do the trick.”

The continuation of this article can be found here.

When unsure of how to deal with a flooded flooring, get in touch with a flood damage contractor that is both licensed and well-trusted in the community.


Home Carpets and Flooding

Dealing with a flooded carpet

Flooding and Carpets

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Wet carpets can encourage mold growth. (Photo Credits)

Flooding automatically brings about carpet damage. And usually homeowners feel helpless when they cannot even lift the carpet because it is too heavy because it already soaked in the flood waters.

The Institute for Restoration Cleaning and Certification advises homeowners to seek professional help in case their home carpeting came into contact with flood waters.

“Mold can begin to grow if the water is left standing for long.  The experienced technician will come out and assess the damage and determine whether or not the carpet can be salvaged.  There are a number of factors that go into deciding this. One of the factors to consider is the source of the water.  Is it clean and pure, or did sewage get mixed in during the incident?  If the water contains harmful bacteria and is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, carpeting may need to be replaced.  Only a trained technician can accurately assess the damage and determine what steps need to be taken. Water damage to your carpet is a frustrating situation.  To ensure peace of mind, contact a certified technician that can handle this type of situation and get things back to normal.”

Read their whole advice on dealing with flooded carpets here.

Professional Help is Needed

Service Ratings Website Angie’s List has the same advice for homeowners. San Diego, CA  

“Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage. Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood, contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can compound the problem. The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification recommends that in such cases, a certified mold restoration service provider should evaluate water damage and remove mold.”

Take a look at the whole article here.

The website Do It Yourself meantime came up with a photo instructional guidelines meant to teach homeowners on what to do when flooding strikes the home carpet. “If you have decided to proceed with repairing or replacing your damaged carpet and you have determined that the wet carpet needs to be disinfected, make a solution consisting of 1-gallon of clean water with 2-tablespoons of liquid bleach. If you have furniture sitting on the carpet, remove it so that your floor area is open. Use the solution to scrub the contaminated carpet. Use a box cutter or utility knife to cut through the carpet and padding around the contaminated area. Lift the carpet and remove the padding.”

The continuation of this post can be found here.

The earlier a homeowner deals with a flooded carpet the better the chances that something can be done to salvage it

Flooding can lead to mold growth in unexpected places

The truth about Flood Damage, Molds and Bleach

Banishing Common Ideas

Using vinegar for a natural clean

How effective is bleach in cleaning mold caused by flood damage? (Photo Credits)

Bleach is well-known for its disinfecting, virus, and germ-killing properties. But how effective is it when it comes to killing molds brought about by flood damage?

Rhinohide says it will depend on the surface a property owner is trying to clean.

“Bleach labels will warn you that chlorine bleach will only be effective on a “hard, non-porous surface.’’ This basically means that chlorine bleach is not made to “soak in.” Therefore, its disinfecting properties are limited to a hard surface like tile or glass. So here’s the problem: To ensure survival, mold spores spread its roots (Mycelia) deep into a porous surface. Mold remediation requires a cleaner to reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials to remove or “pull out” the roots. The properties of bleach prevent it from soaking into these materials. The surface mold looks gone (it’s bleached white) but the internal mold always remains to grow back. Another issue: Bleach contains 90% water and mold LOVES water. When bleach is applied, the chlorine quickly evaporates after use leaving behind A LOT of water. This water often soaks into the porous surface allowing the mold to flourish and re-grow in this moist environment. So in effect, using bleach actually feeds the internal mold spores!”

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Extreme Danger

Surviving Toxic Mold warned its readers about the extreme danger they are to face if they use bleach as mold remover.

“OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal agency that gives strong warnings against recommending the use of liquid Bleach for mold remediation or even cleaning any kind of mold/mildew and most recently, The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has since edited their “A brief guide to mold and moisture and your home” so that it now excludes their previously stated use of bleach as a remedy to kill mold.  If these ruling agencies are making strong statements and retracting from previous advice given that tells us that they have used govt money to fund some pretty extensive laboratory studies.  Let these studies be a warning to us all.  NOT to use bleach around toxic mold.”

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Better remover

Rodales Organic life says that although bleach can be an effective mold remover in hard surfaces, Lemon can be as effective, even in porous surfaces. San Diego 

“Both lemon and chlorine bleach will effectively remove surface mold and its stains, but neither can permanently “kill” the mold. Since both are performing the same function, opt for the safer, healthier lemon juice. If you have a particularly tough bit of mold or mildew, rub the spot with salt and lemon juice, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before wiping it away. You can also try adding a splash of vinegar.”

Read the rest of the article here.

The best way to permanently remove molds is to tap the services of expert mold removal service contractors.

Removing Molds after a Flooding Incident



Appliances and Flood Damage

When appliances get submerged in flood waters


What can be done about flooded home appliances? (Photo Credits)

Home appliances usually get submerged in flood waters during any flood incident.

They are bulky, heavy, and difficult to remove from inundation hence these are the home fixtures that usually get left behind.

Malaysian media outfit, The Sun Daily shared an article reminding its readers about the safety measures in handling flood damaged appliances.

“The public is advised not to use any electrical equipment if their premises were flooded to avoid unwanted incidents like electrocution.”

Read the rest of the report here.

Replacing flooded fixtures

The Irish Times for its part shared that flooded basic appliances can be replaced by their government using humanitarian funds. San Diego, CA

“As people move back into their houses, the department will fund replacement of white goods such as fridges and washing machines, and ‘basic furniture’, she said. Longer term she said the department could offer support for decorating and repairs, such as rewiring.”

Check out the whole article here.

Salvaging flooded appliances

The website Service Centre Info meantime shared useful information on saving and refurbishing flooded appliances for possible re-use.

“Disconnect the power source that is feeding the appliance before unplugging it from the socket. Since water can short circuit an appliance, non-conductors can shock you so it is advisable to wear gloves before handling wet insulation. Flush all parts with clean water and allow the appliance to dry for several days. In order to get rid of moisture on contacts and motors use spray on drying agents. Remove insulation and install new insulation. If the insulation can’t be removed better discard the appliance and if you are not ready to discard your appliance and if you feel that water is not contaminated then drill on the outer casing of your appliance and allow the insulation to dry and make sure you don’t drill through the wires.”

Read the rest of the guide here.

When faced with flood damage, it is important to call flood damage professionals as soon as possible to mitigate problems.


Devastating Flood Damage

Epic Proportions

Hurricane Tomas Floods Streets of Gonaives, Haiti

Epic flood damage. (Photo Credits)

Flood damage can be very devastating that it does not only damage properties it can also claim lives.

A flooding in Louisiana for instance, resulted to fatalities and at the same time destroyed properties as reported by the website The Daily Mail. San Diego AceRestoration Flood service 

“At least 13 people died in the flooding that swept through parts of Louisiana after torrential rains lashed the region over the last week. Approximately 40,000 homes were damaged by the floods, while 4,000 people still remain in shelters. While the waters have slowly receded in many areas, the hard work of rebuilding lives is just ramping up, with people cleaning out their homes while others struggle to find a place to stay.”

Read more here.

Destruction from Flood Damage

WLKY.com meantime featured photographs of a family home that has been destroyed by flooding from a body of water that overflowed following continuous rains.

“The family said they fact that everyone is safe makes the situation, which could have been a lot worse, a lot better. They said while the home is close to a creek, it is not in a flood plain. They estimate about five feet of water flooded their yard.”

Check out the photos here.

Further damage from flooding

WDSU Meantime shared some tips on how to clean up flooded homes following a major flooding incident.

“Wear gloves, breathing masks, eye goggles, long-sleeve clothing and pants when cleaning up mold. Find and fix the moisture problem; otherwise, mold will return. Shut off all heat or air conditioning to stop mold spores from spreading.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

Flood damage professionals should be called in as soon as flood waters start to subside so that further flood damage can be avoided.

Walling and Flood Damage


Protecting against Black Water Damage

The illnesses that black water damage can bring

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Black water damage and health. (Photo Credits)

Black water damage can be life-threatening. It can cause illnesses and discomforts that could pose serious health risks to occupants of a home or a commercial structure. Ace Restoration Homepage

Category three water damage or what is described as water damage is primarily from Sewage backups, drainage overflows, and weather-related flooding.

KSFY.com says in case a homeowner finds his home getting inundated with black water damage here are preventive measures that he can do to avoid illnesses.

“Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Discard any food that was not in a waterproof container. Undamaged commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the can label, wash the can and then disinfect it with a solution of bleach water. Relabel the cans, including expiration date with a marker. Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.”

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Other preventative measures

The News Star also published some warnings. “If your home was flooded, it should be cleaned and dried quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold and future damage by wood rot. Since flood water may be contaminated with sewage or other biological pollutants, it’s advisable to safely disinfect, too. Areas wetted by clean rainwater, for instance from a leaking roof, may not need to be disinfected. All wet areas should be allowed to dry thoroughly before being covered or enclosed.”

Check out the rest of the post here.

More than just the obvious health dangers

The website My Ark LA Miss meantime shared that apart from the obvious illnesses there are other physical and mental discomforts that flooding could bring to homeowners and their families.

“The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says the flood water and damage could pose a risk to the family’s health. Dr, Shelley Jones, the Regional Medical Director for DHH, says, ‘People, who have been through these traumatic things, are more likely to not eat right or not get enough rest making them more prone to disease.’ Experts say flood victims returning to their homes should be on the lookout for mold that could make them sick.”

More on the report here.

Black water damage should never be dealt with on one’s own. Professional help should be sought at all times to ensure that illnesses and other damages can be prevented.

Saving Flood Damaged Photos


Restoring Flood Damaged Photos

Can pictures still be restored?

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What to do when photos get damaged by flooding? (Photo Credits)

Apart from furnishings and personal items, photos are also one of the personal effects of home owners that get damaged by flooding.

There is hope though for those who end up with damaged pictures. San Diego, California  

Crestleaf.com offers a unconventional tip for salvaging water-damaged pictures.

“While it may seem like an odd place to store wet photos, photo restoration professionals recommend that you place them in a container filled with clean tap water — the colder, the more beneficial to salvaging your photos. Only place photos in water if they’re still wet from a disaster, however. Change the water every day while you’re working on saving your family photos.

Separate as many photos as possible before returning them to the cold water bath, and repeat the soaking process if needed. After you’ve successfully separated your family photos, you should then store them in water until you are able to rinse them individually. Rinse each photo in another container under clean tap water (paying strict attention not to run it directly onto the photos). Do this until water runs clear into the container. Repeat.”

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There is still hope for flood-damaged photos

Click Here Ancestry.com also offers some advice especially to those who may not be able to tackle the salvaging process right away.

“If you are unable to deal with the drying process at the moment, carefully place all items into a plastic bag and then directly into a frost-free freezer. If possible separate some of the most important items using layers of wax paper. These items will hold up in a frozen state, buying you several weeks or even months of time so you can deal with them when you are ready. Once you’re ready to proceed, place your items in a cooler inside an air-conditioned space and allow them to slowly thaw over the course of ~2 days, then proceed with the following steps.  Note: If the items are in enclosure like albums or frames, remove them immediately to prevent from sticking. REMEMBER: Do not freeze glass!”

Check out the rest of the tips here.

Avoid water damage

Protecting documents and photos from possible flooding is still the best way to ensure that important memorabilia like pictured remain undamaged.

Water Damage Advice.com gave this advice to property owners.

“Sort your documents by the ones that are most important to the ones that are less important. The most important documents will need to be moved as far away from flood damage as possible. This means upstairs or in an attic. You can even go the extra measure of storing them off of the property in a storage unit or a safety deposit box at a bank.”

Read more here.

Did you ever had to deal with flood damaged photos?