Flood-damaged furniture doesn’t necessarily mean a total replacement is at hand. Protect your furniture, and your pocketbook, by restoring and repairing furniture damaged by flooding with services from the disaster-restoration experts at Furniture Medic.
When it’s safe to reenter your room or property, it’s best to start with some photos before any cleanup from flood damage begins. If you can snap some pictures of the initial damage, this may help with filing water-damage insurance claims down the road.
For wet furniture, flooring or cabinets, step one is to contact a professional to evaluate the damage and perform drying and restoration. Wet furniture needs to dry out slowly. Saturated wood expands with water, and then shrinks as it dries. If drying happens too quickly, the wood can warp and become too damaged to restore successfully.
Tip: Use protective gloves to move the piece of furniture out of the impacted area. Remove any drawers and open any doors. Find a spot out of direct sunlight with air circulation if possible, like a dry garage. Box fans can help with air flow, too.
Floodwater can saturate furniture and cause damage, but damp conditions can also wreak havoc. Particularly vulnerable furniture includes solid panels or tops, and antiques with veneer or inlay. Be on the lookout for:
Furniture made of non-porous materials, solid wood or quality veneer, along with antiques and heirlooms, are worth considering for restoration and repair. After a thorough cleaning from Furniture Medic technicians, common flood-damaged furniture restoration work includes:
Often, repairs can be made on-site and based on your schedule.
The type of water that damaged your furniture will also be an important consideration in restoration versus loss. White water, or water that usually comes from supply pipes in your home or business, is generally water you can drink. Gray water likely has some chemicals and other biological particles in it, and can come from a dishwasher or washing machine. Black water — usually from sewage pipes or floodwaters — is highly contaminated. Depending on the circumstance, different precautions may need to be taken to safely restore your furniture.
To talk with a Furniture Medic technician about your flood-damaged furniture, call 1-800-RESPOND. Or, find a certified location near you.