Abbey Group

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When our oak dining table was damaged during our move we didn’t for a minute think that anyone would be able to restore it to its former state. The table was a wedding present, and so we are thrilled that you have not only repaired the damage so well that we can’t even tell where it was, but the table looks better than it has in years. I’m sure we’ll be back in future, and will be recommending your restoration services to our friends

James and Vanessa

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Fire and flood

We have extensive experience of providing restoration and repair from fire, flood and accidental damage.

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Bespoke furniture

Our craftsmen create bespoke furniture to meet your exact needs.

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Antique Furniture Restoration

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Preparing for the Storm

13th December 2018

 

Over the last month we’ve seen hurricane Florence wreak havoc across America devastating homes and lives. And now tropical storm ‘Michael’ is set to become a Cat 2 hurricane read to hit Miami. You might think we’ve gone mad, talking about hurricanes when we in the sunny-yet-soggy England don’t really get hit by them, but bear with us. In England we may not get hurricanes, but we do still get some pretty nasty storms and floods, which cause a huge amount of damage every time they hit. And with 10,000 new homes being built on flood planes every single year, more and more households are at risk of flood damage from our mild-mannered storms and persistent rainfall. So, if you know a storm is coming and your house is on a flood plain, you might want to take some precautions.

Check Your Roof & Gutters

The middle of a storm is not when you want to find out that you have a leak in the roof. Small cracks and damage might look superficial, but they could buckle under the pressure of so much water and collapse, leaving your home and all your possessions open to flooding. So if you know a bit storm is on its way, it’s worth checking that your roof is strong and intact, with no roof tiles missing and no cracks in the ceiling threatening to widen, It’s also worth checking your gutters to make sure they aren’t clogged, so that you don’t get water seeping into the house that way and creating problems.

Raise It Up

If flooding is likely in your area, you’ll want to do some damage control in advance. If you can, move your at-risk furniture onto a higher floor, away from ground level where the flooding is likely to be worst. If you can’t move it, then try to elevate it away from the ground as much as you can. Bricks or concrete blocks are best for this, since they won’t be too badly damaged by the water and are fairly high. Some people use books, but you then run the risk of ruining those books with water, or the sheer weight of your furniture!

Secure Heavy Furniture

If the oncoming storm promises to be accompanied by high winds, you might want to take extra precautions with heavy or tall furniture. This is what’s most at risk of falling over of causing damage, so you should secure bookcases, TV stands or other heavy items that have a tendency to fall in major storms. If you have delicate items on shelves, move them to the centre of a room away from any windows, and secure pictures with sturdy hooks. These precautions are only really for major storms, and not for every time it gets a bit blowy! But they are worth knowing, just in case.

Nobody can control the weather, but you can control your reaction to it. Flood damage is a real risk when living in the UK, particularly if you live in a flood-prone area. If you want to protect your home and your belongings, all it takes it a little preparation. But if, after the storm, you find your furniture has suffered some water or flood damage, don’t panic! We’re here to help. At Abbey Group, we specialise in restoring and repairing flood damaged furniture, returning it as good as new. So if you’re struggling with flood damage, just get in touch with us today for more information.

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