Four Common Hazards To Avoid While Moving Your Piano

17 May 2016
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If you are planning a move and wondering what to do about the piano standing in your home, you may be thinking about trying to transport it yourself. However, this can be a disastrous and even dangerous decision that can lead to both catastrophic damage to the piano and severe injury to anyone carrying it. Before you begin lifting anything, consider the following four hazards to your piano that you may encounter during the moving process. 

Humidity Variations

The wood of your piano is in some ways like a living organism, swelling and contracting in response to its environment. This is especially true during sudden changes, which can often occur inside moving vehicles or in temporary storage. Dry pianos will bloat and distort in high humidity, while pianos accustomed to humidity will shrink as they begin to dry out. A piano moving company will regulate humidity on long trips, ensuring your piano does not become permanently warped as a consequence. 

Temperature Swings

Wood also responds to shifting temperatures and is particularly vulnerable to heat and direct sunlight. As the boards of your piano heat up, they will be stripped of their moisture, making cracks and warping more likely. This change can occur very quickly, and a hot moving truck can be fatal for any piano. Without a climate-controlled truck at your disposal, you are likely to damage your piano in transit without even knowing it. 

Drops and Bumps

Even if you are only moving a few minutes down the road, carrying a piano into and out of a house with even a few steps to navigate can be dangerous and prone to bumps and falls. Pianos typically weigh hundreds of pounds and are extremely fragile, and if someone happens to slip while carrying it down the stairs, the piano can smash both itself and anyone in its path on the way down. Rather than expose yourself to the potential liability and loss of your piano, it is wiser to rely on the service of piano moving specialists. 

Incorrect Disassembly and Assembly

Unless your piano is a miniature, it will probably require some disassembly before it can fit through a door and be safely carried. Then, once it is at your new home, it must be carefully reassembled, checked for damage and tuned. If a mistake is made anywhere in the process, your piano may be irreversibly damaged or suffer in its sound quality. Because accidents while moving a piano are so common and the consequences so harmful and expensive, you should seriously consider hiring a piano moving service, such as Extreme Piano Moving, instead of attempting this feat on your own. Not only will it save you the strain and hassle of carrying and transporting a piano when you are already juggling the rest of your move, but it may also save you the expense of a new piano or a few days in the hospital too.