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What Items Can Be Saved After a Flood?

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

flooding car in basement carpark at condominium Water damage and mold growth from a flood can begin immediately. Call SERVPRO for more information!

What Can Be Saved In the Event Of A Flood?

After your commercial property in Banning, CA, is flooded, you need to determine what items can be saved and what should be replaced. In most cases, the answer depends on how long your items are exposed to moisture and their type of materials.. Content cleaning of any items that can be restored saves you the expense of replacing them.

When Does Water Damage Begin?

Water damage and mold growth from a flood can begin immediately. As soon as it is safe to do so, start taking steps to protect your property until a professional restoration company can begin work:

  • Prevent more water from entering if possible.
  • Hang up rugs and textiles.
  • Mop or blot water from tabletops and furniture surfaces.

If furniture is on wet carpet, place aluminum foil or wood blocks between carpeting and furniture legs.
Move books or colored objects from wet carpet.

In warm weather, air conditioning can assist with the drying process.

What Items Can I Keep?

Generally speaking, most non-porous materials can be restored, while porous materials may need to be replaced. Porous materials include wood furniture and baseboards, ceiling tiles, books, paper products, and drywall. Non-porous materials include metal shelving, plastic furniture, countertops and concrete floors.

The longer an item has been exposed to water or moisture, the more likely it will sustain damage. Items exposed to black water, or very contaminated water, require special consideration.

How Are Items Cleaned?

A restoration company can use various methods of content cleaning on items. Dry or wet cleaning, foam cleaning, immersion cleaning and abrasive cleaning are a few possible methods. The technique used depends on the object's material makeup. Sanitizing and disinfecting treatments can be applied where needed.

Content cleaning can reduce the number of items you have to discard after a flood in your Banning, CA, property. The sooner you can remove items from flooding and moisture, the better your chances are restoring them.

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