Discarding flooded furnishings

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What is the safest way to dispose flooded furniture? (Photo Credits)

Furniture pieces can be badly damaged during an indoor flooding. And since water damage can be very destructive, even on furniture, there may be a need to dispose heavily damaged pieces of furniture. But how can damaged furniture be disposed safely without posing danger to anyone?

Houstoniamag.com came up with a spreadsheet on how to document these furniture items before totally discarding them, as recording each of the furniture for disposal is the first step in eliminating damaged furniture following a flooding event. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego CA

“Take pictures that show how high the water got into your home. Videos are helpful too, to get a 360-degree view. (Also, see if you can find pictures of your home pre-flood. Those will help too.) Take pictures of everything the water touched from multiple angles. Include the time and date stamp on photos if possible. Use rulers to show height or depth of damage. Capture serial numbers of appliances if possible.”

Read the rest of the list here.

Proper way to dispose

Homeowners should also be aware of the state regulations on disposing damaged furniture. Each state may be different so it is best to familiarize with one’s own regulations prior to going ahead with the disposal. In Houston, Texas for instance they have published their steps in relation to this. Segregation is a must in the state according to the guidelines that they published in their official website.

“Construction & Demolition Material should be place in its own pile.  This type of debris includes building materials, carpet/padding, furniture, treated lumber, mattresses, etc. White Goods (Appliances) should be placed separately and their doors secured with tape (to protect kids).  White goods include refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters. Electronics should be placed together. E-waste includes computers, stereos, televisions or other items with a cord.”

Print out the list of the guidelines here.

Hard to Discard

The Ottawa Public Health meanwhile reminded its constituents that cleaning up after a flooding and discarding damaged belongings may be hard, but it will always be in their best interest to dispose what needs to be disposed.

“It can be difficult to throw away items in a home, particularly those with sentimental value. However, keeping certain water soaked items may be unhealthy. Although it may not initially be visible, mould can start growing on anything that has been damp or wet for two or more days. In general, belongings and household contents, such as upholstered furniture, that are wet and cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded, as they can remain a source of mould and bacterial growth.”

Read the rest of the advice here.

Disposing furniture pieces that have been badly damaged is something that should be carefully done by any homeowner whose home has been flooded.

Drying up a water damaged mattress