My wood furniture was soaked. Is it ruined?
If possible, remove drawers and doors from wood furniture. If they are stuck tight, remove the back and try pushing them out. If the backing board warps and needs replacing, save it to use as a pattern for a new one.
Wash loose soil from the furniture, using sudsy water and a brush. Rinse with clear water and dry with a cloth. Let furniture and cabinets dry slowly (out of sunlight) to reduce warping and splitting. It may take several weeks or months for them to dry. Use fans, heaters, or dehumidifiers to keep air moving. After furniture has dried completely, clean the surface with mineral spirits, synthetic turpentine, or a cleanser conditioner. Test first on a spot that doesn't show.
A post-flood recovery meeting on Oct. 22 will help tie up some loose ends with information on agronomic and financial considerations for land that was flooded this year.
South Mississippi Delta residents are in recovery mode after returning to homes that have been under water for nearly six months, but they need materials and assistance as they try to resume their normal lives.
Every approach to cleaning a house after a flood has its pitfalls.
When you’re ready to hire a contractor to repair or rebuild property damaged by flooding, keep these tips in mind to help avoid being scammed.
Getting started on clean-up after a flood can seem overwhelming. Before you do any work, be sure you know what your insurance company needs to file a claim. Take photos and video of damage, inventory items damaged beyond repair, and keep track of expenses.