When your house floods, the results can be catastrophic – and if you’re like most people, you might not know what’s okay to keep and what you’ll have to get rid of.
The key to salvaging your belongings, provided that they’re not soaked with contaminated water, is to act quickly. For most people, that means working with a water damage remediation expert who can clear out the standing water and work to restore your furnishings to their former condition.
What Furniture Can You Keep After a Flood?
There are three main types of water that can flood your home: black, gray and clear.
Black water is contaminated with things like feces, hazardous chemicals and other substances. It’s what comes out of your toilet, for example, with backflow from the sewers.
Gray water is also contaminated water, but it’s water that comes from your washing machine (after a wash cycle), your dishwasher and other local (within your home) sources.
If your furniture is contaminated with black water, you may not be able to salvage it at all – particularly if it has fabric or stuffing that’s been contaminated. Gray water is similar, because it can contain contaminants that are hazardous to your health. Clean water – the kind that comes out of your tap or garden hose – is the type that you’re most likely to be able to salvage your belongings from.
Your best bet for staying safe is to call a water damage remediation expert as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the better off you’ll be.
Do You Need a Disaster Remediation Expert in Washtenaw County or Jackson County?
If your home has already been damaged, we can help. Check out our services and call 734-352-9183 for your free disaster remediation quote today. We offer: