Water damaged belongings
It doesn't take long for water damage to ruin your belongings. Moisture rapidly degrades materials and leaves everything vulnerable to mold and mildew. You need to quickly prioritize your cleaning goals.
Go through your most important items first. Set aside special photos, albums and books. Artwork, fabrics and clothes are a priority too. Next, take a look at furniture, appliances and electronics.
Plan on indoor air-drying as many belongings as possible. If the weather isn’t too humid, open windows throughout the house. Otherwise, set up fans and dehumidifiers to reduce indoor moisture while you follow these recovery guidelines.
- Paper records
Spread out papers on top of clean materials that can soak up moisture. Change out blotting papers, towels and pads as your documents and records dry
Carefully rinse photographs in clean water, and air-dry on paper towels or plastic screens. Photos can also be hung by corners until dry.
Place paper towels between book pages. Replace with fresh sheets until books begin to dry. Finish by standing books upright with pages fanned open.
TIP: If you can’t take care of paper items right away, try to delay further damage. Slip wet papers, books and photos into plastic bags, and store them in the freezer.