How to Prevent Water Damage to Art Caused by Flooding

If you’re an avid art collector or an artist yourself living in Miami, you have probably considered the possibility of a flood occurring.

But have you considered what this flood could do to your paintings and other art? Have you taken the proper steps to store your art correctly that will protect against even the worst kind of flood waters?

Not all homes and apartment buildings are the same, and that means not all of them prevent from leakage or overflow in the case of a flood. And if you have sensitive art in your basement (which, unfortunately, is the place often used to store artwork), then your art could be at risk.

It’s never fun dealing with wet artwork damaged by a flood.

The problem is that not everyone knows what they should or can do to prevent against damaged art from flooding. That’s where we have decided to step in and provide some much needed assistance to you and anyone else seeking answers about protecting your work of art from flood waters.

This guide will inform you on how your artwork can be ruined during a flood and what steps you can take to prevent against having a heaping mess of wet artwork to clean.

Flood Waters

How Flooding Leads to Damaged Art

Many people imagine waves of water when they hear the word “flood,” but a flood can bring a lot more than just water.

If flood waters break through into your home, apartment, or office, that means all types of debris are coming in with it: wood, dirt, leaves, and any other items on the ground that it may have picked up on the way.

For the art in your home, this means that flooding often results in more than just wet artwork and can lead to much more severely damaged art that you may not be able to refurbish.

Taking the proper steps against flood damage is not only a good idea – it’s a must for those who handle sensitive artwork. If this is you, then you definitely need to consider options for protecting your artwork.

Keep reading below to learn about the steps you can take to prevent against any damage that may occur to your artwork in the case of a flood.

Flood Barrier

How to Prevent Against Flood Damage

Like I said, not everyone knows what they can do to prevent against flood damage.

That’s why we decided to make this guide.

There are some key steps you can take immediately to prevent against flood damage, which are listed below for your convenience.

1. Properly Storing Art

Storing art correctly is one of the most important things to do when considering how to prevent against having wet artwork or damaged art.

This is because, if a flood occurs, this will be where your art is. If it’s right in the crosshairs and isn’t stored correctly, you’re going to have wet and damaged art on your hands.

Proper art storage means storing your art pieces on the appropriate shelfs, in the proper envelopes, and in the right room designed for holding sensitive art material. Your house may not have the right tools or features to do all of these things, so you might have to consider adding the necessary features to store your art properly (or look for other buildings to store it in).

2. Elevate Building

Another key solution to prevent any water to flood your artwork is to raise the building you are housing them in.

If you’re housing your art in your actual house, this may be either difficult to do or even impossible (depending on where you live and what your neighborhood regulations limit you from doing).

But if you can – and you’re concerned about getting your artwork wet or damaged from a flood– then this might be a very appealing option to protect your valuable belongings. Because there’s simply no better solution to protect against a flood than being above the water.

Moving Art

3. Keep Art Out of the Basement

Along the same lines as the one above, instead of raising the whole building you’re storing your artwork in, you can simply raise them from being in the basement.

The basement is the lowest part of your house, and as such, if any flood water broke into your house, that would be the first place it all heads. Besides, basements can lead to wet artwork and damaged art in more ways than just flooding.

Basements are damp and humid, and this can also result in damaged art that won’t be able to be fixed.

4. Construct Flood Walls/Barriers

To either slow down the flow of water or stop it completely, you can erect flood barriers to try and stop the waters from reaching your house.

The barrier could be levees, which are often used all over the country to prevent flooding from happening.

There are also materials that you can apply to your walls and belongings in your home that can stop water from leaking too much – or not at all – which can help protect your artwork from flooding waters, bringing along debris.

Or… Call Museo Vault

If all this sounds like a headache, don’t worry. There are other routes you can take.

For example, storing your artwork in professional art storage facilities that are designed specifically to protect against flood damage to your sensitive art materials.

And this can be done at Museo Vault fine art storage facility.

The Museo Vault facility in Miami is an 85,000-sq. ft. facility over 18 feet above sea level that offers 24/7 security for your artwork.

The best part is that the building was also constructed to defeat a category 5 hurricane. In Miami especially, protection against hurricane floods is a crucial characteristic when considering where you should store your art. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help store and protect your art.