Salvaging Items Involved In A Flood


When a basement becomes flooded, removing the water and drying out the area will need to be done immediately to minimize structural damage and the loss of personal property. There are several steps you can take in trying to salvage items that were hit by flood water. Here are some tips to use when trying to save belongings that were submerged.

Clothing And Other Material

If you had clothing or linens become victim of water submersion, you will need to launder them properly to remove any mold spores that may have made their way onto the items. Put on a pair of gloves and take the material items outdoors. Rinse them with a garden hose and let them dry in the sunlight, as this will help keep mold from spreading. Bring your items to a laundromat if your washer and dryer are in your basement area. This will allow the water damage clean up service to tend to their work without interruption. Launder your items in hot water with detergent, a water conditioner, and a disinfecting agent to help kill mold.

Pieces Of Wooden Furniture

Using gloved hands, bring your furniture outdoors to start the drying process. Remove any drawers and cabinet doors to help the pieces dry quicker. Place the items in a shaded area. Sun can cause warping. Rinse the items well with a hose to remove dirt and blot dry with towels. The items may take several weeks to dry before you can start restoring them. Use glue to reinforce legs since they may be less sturdy from sitting in water. Remove any white mildew spots using turpentine. Apply a wood restorer directly to the wood to help renew the appearance of the furniture.

Structural Pieces

Any carpeting in your home should be removed and cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning service. Throw away the carpet padding. This acts like a sponge, keeping moisture in the room in an area prone to mildew and mold. Purchase a new carpet pad before reinstalling your cleaned carpeting.

The drywall pieces touched by water will also be an area known to harbor mold spores. When drywall becomes wet, it disintegrates and becomes unattractive and unable to be salvaged. Cut these pieces out of the wall and throw them away. Check the insulation underneath and replace if necessary. Place new pieces of drywall in these areas.

Items To Throw Out

Any edibles should be thrown away if they had been touched by flood water. Even if the packaging appears to be intact, there is the chance of contamination through a microscopic pinhole, making it risky to eat due to chance of sickness. Plastic toys should also be thrown away. Since small children often put their hands in their mouths or touch items without washing their hands afterwards, there is a contamination risk to keeping the items. Any paperwork found in the flood will need to be thrown away. If there are important papers in the batch, bring them outdoors with gloved hands, take photographs with your cell phone, and recreate the documents by printing them on a printer. To find out more, speak with a business like CDM Cesspool Service.


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