Water damage in your home can be devastating not only because of the cost involved in the restoration process, but because of the sentimental value attached to items affected by the water damage. Unfortunately, many homeowners throw things out after a flood that could actually be saved. If you’ve suffered a flood, it’s important to get professional help right away, but it’s also important to recognize what might be salvageable before you start throwing things away. Here’s what you need to know.
Carpet can usually be saved after a flood depending on the type of water involved in the water damage. If the flood was caused by clean water, such as that from a washing machine, dishwasher, or burst pipes, it can usually be saved. However, it’s essential that the water is removed right away and that the carpet isn’t wet for more than 48 hours. Beyond this timeframe, mold and bacteria will begin to grow and when this happens, the carpet should be thrown away. That’s why it’s essential that you contact a company offering 24-hour water damage repair in Kennesaw as soon as possible.
Clothing and other textiles can also be salvaged when they’re washed as soon as possible after flooding occurs. It’s best to disinfect the items with bleach or other alternatives that are safe for fabric that can’t be bleached. If you’re unable to wash the clothing right away, be sure to get them dried quickly so that you can sanitize them later before mold begins to grow.
Appliances, surprisingly, can also be salvaged in many cases. Restoration technicians will clean and dry the inner components of the appliances to make sure there isn’t any residual moisture or debris that would make operating the appliances dangerous.
Another surprising salvageable item is electronics. When you contact water restoration services as quickly as possible, the technicians can often save laptops, TVs, and other electronic devices as long as they haven’t started to rust.
One of the most difficult aspects of a house flood is the potential loss of sentimental items, such as photographs, especially if these photographs were from the predigital era. Photos can often be saved when they’re located quickly, dried, and treated with a special washing and restoration technique that can return the photos almost to their original state.
Most nonporous items can be saved because they don’t absorb water. However, it’s important that anything touched at all by the floodwater is washed and sanitized. Glass, hard plastic, porcelain, or other household items should be boiled or sanitized in a bleach solution before being used.
Important documents don’t have to be a total loss after flooding either. Restoration technicians will often be able to dry or freeze the paperwork so that the documents can be restored, saving you hours of time tracking down this important paperwork later.
Furniture made from solid wood or metal can often be saved while furniture with a lot of padding might be more difficult to salvage, depending on how quickly technicians can get it dried out.
Some items almost always need to be thrown out after flooding. These include mattresses and box springs, food and medication, particle board or veneer furniture, and construction materials such as drywall and insulation.
If you’ve experienced flooding, contact Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC today to ensure restoration begins quickly so that more of your belongings can be salvaged.
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