Houston-area businesses advise against picking up flood-damaged goods

By Anoushah Rasta - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - From couches to coffee tables and chairs, pyramids of water-soaked furniture sit outside dozens of homes near South Braeswood and Buffalo Speedway, post-Hurricane Harvey.

"Most of the furniture is ruined. The cushions and the legs and the underside," said resident Glen Brooks, whose home took in several feet of water.

"It's a hazard. It's a health hazard," said Regina Smylie, a manager in the furniture department at a consignment store in the Montrose-area called The Guild Shop. "With the storm just happening, I feel I have to be very critical."

Smylie told Channel 2 News folks have been calling the store wanting to either donate or sell water-damaged furniture.

"We don't want water-damaged furniture, rugs, anything of that nature -- household items -- in our shop," Smiley said.

Water-logged furniture or other materials can carry mold and mildew, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency says can start growing within 24 hours after a flood.

You can attempt to disinfect the furniture but The Guild Shop won't take it and recommends you toss it, just to be safe.

"In our books, if they've been water-logged, they're not usable," Smylie said.

The business advises against selling water-damaged furniture or picking it up at the curb.

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