Flooding has become the most prevalent natural disaster in the United States. It’s difficult to comprehend the notion that all 50 states experienced a flood or flash flood in over the years spanning between 2011 and 2017, but it happened. In fact, if you live in an area with a high risk of flooding, your home is at a higher risk of damage due to flooding than by fire. Although rarely considered a cause of flooding, hurricanes, winter storms, and snowmelt all commonly lead to flooding. Even a few inches of water can cost you thousands of dollars and potentially some of your most beloved personal items. Restoring water damaged antique furniture is something we all hope to never have to do, but floods can change that within minutes.
Whether flooding occurs is due to a seasonal spring thaw or an unexpected storm event, the effects can be downright devastating to your home as well as your possessions. Once you’ve returned home in the aftermath of flooding, the process of determining what, if anything, can be salvaged can be a very daunting task. Time is of the essence when it comes to assessing flood damage, as each passing hour can lead to increased damage and could mean the difference between repairing and replacing your treasured antiques.
Restoring Water Damaged Antique Furniture
Antique furniture is often highly prized and filled with priceless sentimental value, and can be extremely difficult to let go. If you’re anything like me, the mere notion of relinquishing my handed down antique furniture is too difficult to even consider. These items aren’t just filling the home, they bring comfort and joy that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
Wooden furniture fares a decent shot of flood survival, especially if it hasn’t been sitting in water for an extended length of time. Although furniture made from manufactured products such as plywood usually a total loss, it’s often possible to restore solid wood furniture unless severe damage has been suffered.
Solid wood furniture needs to be properly cleaned and dried before restoration can take place. Moisture in furniture encourages mold growth and fungus, so properly drying the piece is crucial to the restoration process. White mildew spots or blotches can be cleaned using turpentine or a solution consisting of equal parts ammonia and water. Veneers can be glued back on if the damage isn’t too severe. Use lanolin to restore the finish on wooden furniture.
You can expedite drying on heavily damaged furniture by removing all parts that can be disassembled, including drawers, doors and back panels. Remove any remaining dirt and dry the furniture in a well-ventilated space. Make sure to avoid direct sunlight when drying wooden furniture, as warping can occur. Don’t attempt to use force to open or close drawers, air should be allowed to circulate until the item is fully dried.
It is possible to salvage upholstered furniture if it’s come into contact with small amounts of clean water during flooding. Make sure to separate upholstery fabrics and colored items in order to prevent color bleeding, then begin drying to prevent mold and mildew.
Water Damage Remediation with Tidal Wave Response
Now that you know how to properly assess and restore your antique furniture, you’ll well equipped to make the next step in life with your prized possessions fully intact! If you experience a flood in your home or business, never forget that Tidal Wave Response is here to help, every step of the way.
Atlanta’s most trusted team when it comes to disaster recovery and household emergencies, Tidal Wave Response is who to call if you experience a flood and have water damage. Our 24-hour emergency service line (770-693-4568) is the number to call before you call your insurance company. Tidal Wave Response is your most trusted partner in disaster recovery and relief.