It’s pretty disheartening to have your home be subject to water damage. A home is where we mostly keep our prized possessions. So it’s a rather tough call when you have to deal with the decision of Keep or Toss. To help you out when the day comes, we’ll be discussing different water damage casualties. We’re taking a closer look at what you can keep or toss. Take note that our discussion covers items that take damage from Category 1 and 2.
Water Damage Casualty: Food and Medicine
When food or medicine has come into contact with unsafe water, best practice is to toss it out. This include garden produce. If the food happens to be completely sealed in airtight containers which do not show damage, you can keep it. However, if the container has signs of bulging or has any cracks, toss it. If your house has lost power for more than 12 hours, it’s best to toss perishable food. This includes poultry, meat, eggs, and fish.
Water Damage Casualty: Kitchenware
Even if dishes and cooking utensils come into contact with unclean water, it’s fairy easy to sanitize them. So dishes and cooking utensils are easy to keep. However, things are rather different for wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, and baby stuff. Baby stuff like pacifiers and baby bottle nipples aren’t things you take a chance on. These items are very hard to really clean so it’s often best to just toss it.
Water Damage Casualty: Particle board or pressed water board furniture
As the surface of this particular material is often porous, water damage is often significant. In such cases, it is ultimately in your best interest to toss it. Porous surfaces, when wet or moist, become the ideal breeding ground for mold and spores. Instead of holding on to something that will cause bigger problems on a latter date, toss it out and invest in better water resistant furniture.
Water Damage Casualty: Electrical appliances
If you’re not quite certain if appliances can be salvaged, bring them to a trusted electrician. Electricians have the experience to diagnose appliances that have taken water damage. They’ll usually tell you to toss any fuses or circuit breakers that have been fully submerged. If something can be kept, they’ll work on it until it’s back in working condition.
Water Damage Casualty: Drapes
This is definitely something that you can keep. When dried properly, window drapes can be easily restored. If it’s not a task you want to do yourself, bring your drapes to a dry-cleaner. It is actually advisable to get the drapes cleaned out professionally to really get a deep clean.
Water Damage Casualty: Clothes
This can go either way. When clothing has been exposed to really dirty water, it’s best to toss it. It it’s been exposed to Category 1 water damage, it can be washed thoroughly and you can keep it. Clothing counts as organic material which mold can thrive in. Often, it’s parting with clothes that can be quite the challenging task. Just keep in mind that’s it’s best to toss something that can make you ill later.