Floods and heavy rainfall can have an immediate and devastating effect on homes and businesses. If not dealt with quickly and professionally, flood damage can cause more problems further along the line. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood can be an incredibly stressful experience, so it’s important to make the recovery and restoration process as fast as possible to prevent further stress and damage. Take a look below at our tips and advice for dealing with the aftermath of a flood in your home.
Assess the damage and avoid additional risks
If you are inspecting your home following a flood, it is important that you check for any visible structural damage before entering the home. Check for any obvious signs of structural damage such as cracks or holes. If the building is safe to enter, make sure to turn off any sources of water or electricity to minimise further risks. If you suspect the building is unsafe, do not enter the property yourself.
Removing water and preventing damp
If there is still water in the property and the building is safe to enter, you can begin removing the water using pumps. Floodwater can carry sewage and diseases, so it’s important to remove it as soon as possible. Once the water is removed, it is also important to remove items effected by possible water damage such as carpets and bedding to prevent the development of damp. If you are unsure afterwards, you could contact a professional company to carry out a damp survey to check for further damage and signs of damp.
Before removing water and any damaged items, you may want to take pictures to show your insurers in the event that you make a claim.
A flood can have a devastating effect on any property and can be extremely stressful and tiring. Hiring a friendly and professional company to assess and restore your property following a flood can help to take the pressure off of you. At Charles Piton Limited, we understand the importance of providing professional and rapid assistance following a flood. Contact us today for more advice.