Salvaging furniture after a flood

Your first priority after flood damage is to safely salvage as much furniture as possible. Kitchen units and pine furniture are prone to absorbing water, but are often salvageable when they dry out.

Aim to strip the house as thoroughly as possible to allow the drying process to begin. Make sure you don't dispose of damaged goods until your insurers have had a chance to inspect them.

When doing this, be aware that flood water may have been contaminated. Follow flood contamination precautions and make sure that you follow good hygiene practice after touching anything affected by floodwater.

Carpets and sofas

If the carpets or soft furnishings in your home were submerged by water they will most likely be ruined. But don't throw them away! Remove them, along with the underlay, and put them outside in case an insurance valuation inspection is necessary.

Lino or vinyl

Lino or vinyl should be removed to reveal bare floor boards or concrete – there is a danger of dry rot setting in if moisture is trapped beneath.

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