Three Items Worth Keeping And Three To Throw Away After A Flood

Posted on: 10 February 2015

If your home has been flooding, hopefully you have hired a professional restoration team to take care of the damage. Flood waters not only damage your home physically, but can also introduce fungus and mold to your space, making it dangerous for your to enter your home and start cleaning without the right knowledge and protection.

Whether you've hired a professional team or have taken a leap of confidence and are tackling the problem yourself, you're bound to have lots of damaged goods -- not just the structure of your home. Deciding what to keep and what to throw away can be tough. Here's a quick guide to keep you on track:

Items Worth Restoring and Saving:

1. Solid wood furniture: Typically, it can be refinished and made to look suitable again for less than the cost of replacing it. If you're handy, you can even refinish wood furniture yourself by stripping away the old finish and applying new stain or paint.

2. Bedding and clothing: The trick is to get these things out of the moisture as soon as possible, so they don't have the chance to develop mold. Wash and dry them immediately to remove mold and bacteria. If bedding or clothing gets moldy before you can get to it, you can wash it in bleach to remove the mold. Keep in mind, this will also remove the color. You can redye items if they're meaningful enough to save.

3. Dishes, cookware and utensils: Don't throw these away, even if they came into contact with dirty water. They are all non-porous, which means they'll be perfectly safe and clean if you soak them in bleach water before using them again.

Items Not Worth Saving:

1. Wood veneer furniture: This type of furniture is not usually saving because it is cheap to replace. Plus, the water tends to cause the veneers to peel off, and they're nearly impossible to reattach.

2. Books: No matter what you do to them, you'll probably never get the pages flat again. Plus, they're probably laden with mold and present a health hazard.

3. Stuffed animals and pillows: It's hard to get the interiors of these items clean, even in the washing machine. If you have a very meaningful pillow or stuffed animal, consider removing the stuffing, washing the case, letting it dry thoroughly, and then re-stuffing it with new material.

Having your home flood is a traumatic experience. Make sure you avoid more trauma due to health issues by having your home properly cleaned, and by throwing away items that cannot be cleaned or repaired easily. To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Disaster Specialist to learn more.