Flood Recovery Guide: What to do after a flood

wellington bootsAs many unlucky homeowners know; it’s when the floodwaters begin to drain-away that the hard work really begins. Cleaning-up the damage to your home after a flood is an understandably stressful experience and our Flood Recovery Guide is designed to walk you through the process step-by-step:

Safety First Before entering your property make sure that it’s 100% safe; if you are in any doubt whatsoever ask a trusted local tradesman to give your home the all-clear.

Electricity Check Don’t touch any electrical outlets or appliances if there is any water on the ground, instead take a torch to find your way around. Get your wiring checked by a qualified electrician before use.

Gas Check
If you suspect there might be a gas leak contact National Gas Emergency on Tel: 0800 111 999 before entering your home. Get your gas supply and appliances checked by a Gas Safe engineer before use.

Water Check Contact your local water supplier to see what advice they give regarding water safety in your area. If you are in any doubt about water quality boil tap water before use or stick to bottled water.

Be Prepared Seeing your home ruined can be both physically and emotionally traumatic; so make sure that you are ready for the worst. Everything is likely to be wet, covered in mud and very smelly. Family heirlooms and memories may need to be skipped which children can find particularly upsetting; so it’s best to keep them well away.

Health Hazards: Floodwater can contain harmful substances such as sewage and oil; so wear rubber gloves, waterproof clothing and a facemask. Floors are likely to be slippery and mud may hide hidden hazards; so tread carefully.

Be Realistic Righting a flood damaged property can take a considerable amount of time (months rather than weeks); so be prepared for a long haul. Remember that everything will need to be dry before starting on building-work or redecoration.

Making a Claim There’s a right way and a wrong way to make an insurance claim and we have got everything covered in our guide to making a successful flood insurance claim.

Cleaning Up Hiring a wet and dry vacuum cleaner will help to remove excess water and clean the floor.  All hard surfaces should be cleaned with hot soapy water and then disinfected with a mild bleach solution. Upholstered furniture will need to be professionally cleaned while loose fabrics, including curtains, should be washed at 60°C unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer.

Drying Out Opinion is still divided over the best way to dry a flooded property, but it’s generally agreed that tackling the problem too quickly and with too much heat can cause additional unforeseen problems. Dehumidifying equipment provides an effective alternative as does the use of heating equipment (or your central heating) with the doors and windows open for ventilation.

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