Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs
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Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

Hi there, I'm Udon Pollack. I am passionate about protecting foundations from flood damage. The foundation is the only thing connecting the house to the ground. It keeps the home standing through heavy storms and small land shifts. Every once in a while, foundations will develop cracks that let water seep through the walls. As a result, the basement may flood during the next heavy storm. In addition, water coming through the cracks continues to weaken the foundation. Luckily, people can have their foundations sealed up by a professional to stop this harmful progression. I will teach everyone the basics of flooded basement repairs through this site. Everyone deserves to have a sturdy home set on a strong foundation and I'm here to help people understand how to accomplish that feat. Thanks for visiting my site. Come back soon.

Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

How To Clean And Restore Flood Damaged Wood Furniture

Jackson Andrews

When you've had wood furniture damaged by a flood, you don't have to throw it out, because there are steps you can take to restore your furniture. Read on to find out how to clean, remove mold and refinish your water-damaged furniture.

Dry It Out

Before you begin any type of cleaning or restorative procedures on your wood furniture, you must allow the wood to dry out completely. Wood that retains moisture is subject to mold growth and if the wood isn't dry, you're wasting your time with repairs.

Don't take the furniture outside to dry in the sun because the heat of the sun can dry out the furniture too fast and warp the wood. Place the wood furniture in a room with open windows so there's plenty of air circulation to dry the wood.

Place fans in the room to help with circulation, but don't point the fans directly on the furniture. This will also cause the furniture to dry out too fast and cause the wood to crack.

The drying process may take a few weeks or a few months, depending on how much water has soaked into the wood. Touch the surface of the wood to test for dryness. If you feel moisture on the wood, it needs more time to dry.

Eliminate Mold And Add Varnish

Black spots on your wood furniture are an indication of mold growth where the water has seeped through the finish. Mold is harmful and it can cause respiratory issues, so you must clean off the mold before adding a new layer of finish. Put on a pair of rubber gloves for hand protection and follow the instructions below to remove the mold and refinish your wood furniture.

  1. Place one cup of household bleach in a gallon of water and thoroughly wipe down the moldy furniture with the bleach solution and a rag. Let the furniture completely dry before moving on to the next step.
  2. Inspect the piece of furniture for any scratches or dings in the wood. Use wood filler and a putty knife to fill in these imperfections and let the filler dry until it's hard.
  3. Use a piece of 120-grit sandpaper and sand the wood in the same way as the grain runs. After you've sanded the entire piece, use 220-grit sandpaper to create an even surface.
  4. Clean the sandpaper dust off the wood furniture with an old rag.
  5. Use long strokes and brush in the same path of the grain when applying the varnish. Brush on additional coats of varnish until you have the desired color.
  6. Allow the varnish to dry and then brush on a coat of polyurethane sealer.

Repair Joints

Before repairing loose or broken joints with wood glue, scrape off the old glue on both joints with a plastic scraper. If some of the glue residue remains, place acetone fingernail polish remover on a cleaning rag and wipe off the remaining glue.

Spread wood glue on both faces of the joint. Before clamping the joints together, place a piece of cloth on both ends of each clamp so they don't mar the wood.

Remove White Water Spots

When water makes contact with wood furniture, it leaves white spots on the finish. This color change occurs as the water penetrates the finish and alters its transparency by causing microscopic ruptures in the finish. Since the white spots are only on the finish, this means that the water hasn't damaged the wood underneath.

Mix equal parts of household ammonia and tap water. Rub the entire surface of the furniture with the ammonia mixture and a soft cloth and dry immediately. After the piece has dried, use furniture polish to bring out the shine.

Attach Loose Veneer

Water damage can cause the veneer on wood furniture to peel off in large chunks. Follow the steps below to learn how to repair the veneer.

  1. Carefully press each piece of veneer back into position on the wood surface.
  2. Cut a piece of wax paper to fit over the damaged section and place it on top of the veneer.
  3. Put your iron on a low setting and run the iron over the wax paper until it's thoroughly heated.
  4. Place weights or several large hardback books on top of the wax paper and leave it undisturbed overnight.
  5. Remove the books and wax paper the next morning.

When you have flood damaged wood furniture, follow the steps above to clean, repair or refinish your furniture so that you can use it again. If you don't have the time to restore the furniture yourself, contact a flood damage restoration company to do the job for you.