If your home floods, it’s not only really upsetting but it’s lots of hard work to put things right. So much to think about and so much to do. Here’s our top tips on how to get your home back right, should the worst happen…
- Think electrics! If there’s a chance electrics have been damaged during the flood, don’t stand in the flood water until the electrics are turned off – if in doubt call plumber/electrician for assistance.
- Turn off the water! If it’s safe to do so, get to the stop cock and turn off the water supply.
- Call a plumber If you have home plumbing cover, call them out. If not, call your insurance company and follow their advice. It’s possible you’ll need photographs, assessor visits and evidence to support your insurance claim.
- What type of water is it? Fresh or waste water? If it’s wastewater flood you need to take extra precautions when cleaning up, wear protective clothing, throw away everything used to clean up the flood water and your home will need cleaning with strong disinfectant.
- Mop up. Use towels to soak up as much surface water as possible.
- Remove floor coverings. You’ll need to pull up all damp floor coverings, carpets. laminate flooring and rugs.
- Remove damp furniture. Any fixtures and fittings that are wet and water damaged will need removing.
- Water damaged plaster. Depending on the severity of the flood you may need to remove skirting boards and spoiled plaster. This will need discussion with your insurance company and builder.
- Dry things out. You need to circulate as much air as possible around the flood damage and dampness. Empty the space and clear it of as much clutter as you can. You’ll need to hire fans, get the heating up high and open windows during the day. At night, leave a dehumidifier on to get rid of the moisture. Drying the house out properly after a flood can take weeks unfortunately.
- Fixing the damage. Be sure to work with your insurance company on fixing the damage, using their recommended builders etc, just to make sure your claim will be covered. Depending on the damage caused you may need to have re-plastering work done, ceiling fixed, electricity fixed, new skirting boards, new flooring and obviously repainting and decorating.
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