Moving quickly is one way to minimize the water damage that has befallen your wood furniture and other valuable property, note the water damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons. In fact, the harmful effects of water are dramatically decreased by prompt and effective restoration intervention, especially within the first 48 hours of a water-damage event in River North, IL. After all, the less time materials have to absorb water, the better!
If water has damaged your property, our team members will work effectivity and tirelessly to mitigate mold growth and return your property to its pre-loss condition as soon as possible using the following six-step restoration method:
- Damage assessment.
- Full water extraction.
- Anti-microbial treatment.
- Drying: air circulation.
- Drying: area dehumidification.
- Drying: observation and testing.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and have water-damaged wood furniture to contend with, here’s some useful information. Wood furniture and other wood surfaces are particularly vulnerable to water damage and it is typically evident as white spots, stains, blushing, or other discoloration of the wood surface. Blushing is the term that’s used when a white haze is evident over a large portion or entire piece of furniture. It is a common problem with old shellac or lacquer finishes and the wood may need to be refinished.
At the very least, wood furniture that’s been exposed to water needs to be cleaned and dried. If it has been exposed to water for a long time, joints or veneers may have to be reglued. Moisture in wood furniture can also encourage fungus and mold growth, so quickly getting it dried is crucial.
Expedite drying by removing all parts that are easy to take apart, including back panels, drawers, and doors. Do not force them if they are sticking. Wood may take several weeks or months to thoroughly dry out. To speed the process, position the wood in a well-ventilated area, but never in the sunshine, where it can warp. After the wood is completely dry, you can begin the repair and/or refinishing steps if they’re necessary.
If the water damage to your property is too severe to handle yourself, remember that the water damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons have the tools, techniques, and training to restore it. In fact, from family heirlooms to wood furniture and everything in between, we’ve been successfully restoring water-damaged items in the greater Chicago area for many years.
Water damage cleanup, water damage restoration, and flood cleanup is an urgent business, so give us a call today at 773-376-1110. We’re available 24/7 to meet all of your water damage restoration needs.