Saving Your Heirlooms and Keepsakes After a Flood
Saving Your Flood Damage Items
Floods aren’t always caused by a broken dam or overflowing river; sometimes it is a broken pipe that causes the flooding water to saturate your home in Topsham, ME. When the water in your home soaks into your precious heirlooms, you may question whether they can be saved. Here are seven tips to help you decide how best to save the flood-damaged items.
1. As soon as you can get to the item, rinse with clean water to remove any debris. Make sure the water pressure is gentle.
2. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove any visible debris from the object. This should be done carefully to prevent pushing the debris into the fabric of the heirloom.
3. Move the article to a safe place indoors to dry. Keep away from heat or sunlight, as that may cause more damage. If the item consists of dry cleanable cloth, and you are sure it is safe to do so, take the object for dry cleaning.
4. Increase airflow around the item, but not directly onto the heirloom. This can help reduce the possibility of mold growth on the object caused by moisture from water in your home.
5. If mold is visible, do not use a disinfectant on the heirloom. Instead, call a water remediation team for help in removing the mold and restoring the item to its original condition.
6. If your heirloom is paper in origin, don’t pry pages apart or attempt to dry the object. Instead, contact the restoration team about how to best store the objects until the team can collect them. Professionals often use a special freezing method to preserve the item and separate the pages.
7. If water causes physical damage to your heirloom, gather all the pieces, including paint, veneer, or molding, and store in an open container. Contact a restoration team to ensure the item is repaired correctly.
Water in your home that causes a flood can wreak havoc on your personal property, but it is the heirlooms that require immediate and gentle care after they become water damaged. Use the above seven steps to help save your heirlooms.