Drying Flood Damaged Furniture in Boulder
SERVPRO Can Reduce the Costs of Flood Damage by Restoring Damaged Furniture
When Boulder homes become flooded, the structure itself usually remains in good shape after removing the standing water. Carpets and floors are at a higher risk due to water that might be trapped inside, but it is the contents of the home, particularly furniture, that make up most of the cost when it comes to property loss.
Boulder flood damage can mean thousands of dollars and more in furniture replacement costs unless you hire a professional service that has the skills to restore it. Our SERVPRO response team is trained to dry, preserve and repair items to include cabinets, dining room sets, dressers, and more.
Furniture like these items is constructed primarily of natural wood or a composite like plywood. Each category has its uses, but also special requirements to restore them after being exposed to water.
Items like chairs and tables use natural wood. When exposed to floodwater, it cracks and swells. That weakens the furniture at the joints, causing the pieces to separate or split even worse. SERVPRO specialists can reduce cracking and swelling in wood by carefully removing moisture trapped inside it. We start by setting up dehumidifiers next to the furniture to draw out moisture, heaters to slowly raise the temperature of the immediate area, and air movers to push warm, dry air over and under the surfaces.
A secondary problem with real wood is spotting, which happens when water damages the varnish and other finishes used on wood furniture but does not penetrate the wood itself. In most cases, we can eliminate the damage with a special, chemical agent. If we cannot, it is necessary to bring in a professional refinisher.
Bathroom and kitchen cabinets use composites. For these items, only one side is usually laminated or has a finish. The application works like a vapor barrier which traps moisture inside. Our technicians can reduce trapped moisture faster than in natural wood with dehumidifiers, but if there is visible warping, we usually recommend replacement since composites are cheaper to replace than restore.
Restoring furniture after a storm floods your home is not an easy process, but SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville has the training and over twenty years of experience to return as much of your property as possible to its original condition. For more information, call today at (303) 604-6607. We are here for you.
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