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6 Tips for Saving Belongings Damaged by Water

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in the hallway of a Prescott Valley, AZ home. Water damage in a Prescott Valley, AZ home.

How Do You Clean Belongings Damaged by Water?

If you have water in your home in Prescott Valley, AZ, chances are you'll have to deal with damage to the house itself as well as some of your belongings. Some furnishings, electronics and valuables may be salvageable if you follow the right steps.

1. Rinse: A broken pipe can release dirty water into your house. If your belongings are covered in silt, dirt and other debris, you need to rinse them off with clean water before you can start the cleanup process.

2. Clean: How you clean belongings depend on the materials they're made from. Electronics, for example, should not be submerged in water. You may need to use dry cleaning to start repairing delicate objects. Other items can be put through a washing machine.

3. Dry: Once the initial cleaning has been taken care of, you need to make sure your possessions are properly dried out. If you return a wet item back into your home, you may be reintroducing excess moisture.

4. Disinfect: Some objects may need to be cleaned again after they have been dried out. Water in the home can lead to mold growth, but you can combat this by disinfecting any affected belongings.

5. Repair: Water can cause some objects to start to degrade or break. If this is the case for your piece of art or electronic device, you may need to have a professional water remediation team help you with the repair. Most items should not be fixed until they have been cleaned and dried.

6. Replace: In some situations, your furnishings may be too far gone to repair. In this case, it may be best for you to replace the items that have sustained too much damage.

As you get rid of standing water in your home, you'll need to address structural issues and damage to your belongings. Cleaning and repairing any items you can may help save you money on your water repair project.

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