Water damage and your belongings
Salvaging Your Water-Damaged Belongings
It’s important to quickly take note of affected items if damage from water in your home has recently threatened your possessions. Follow some of these tips to recover items as best as possible.
• If objects are still wet, rinse with clear water first. You can also wipe off dry debris with a soft cloth or brush. This prevents any remaining debris or silt from further harming your items.
• Whenever possible, allow objects to air-dry indoors. Avoiding sunlight can help prevent warping and buckling of many materials.
• Airflow and quality is important while recovering your items. Use open windows, fans, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers to your advantage while drying out your belongings. Also, be sure to preclude any mold or mildew from growing in the space.
• If there are metal objects that have been exposed to flood water, wash with clear water and dry with a clean cloth as soon as you’re able.
• For clothing and other textiles, dry cleaning is often the most effective method of preservation. Air dry first and take to a professional soon.
Get Help From a Professional
With quick action, many objects can be saved and restored to their original state. It is possible, unfortunately, that some items may be damaged beyond repair after a natural disaster. It is always a good idea to contact a restoration specialist to help treat damaged goods while recovering from water damage in your home.