Flood Advice: What to look out for
28 January 2016
As you know, the United Kingdom will be troubled by heavy rainfall and, as a result, flooding. Severe water damage cannot only harm the structural integrity of your home, but it also makes for a stressful and upsetting ordeal for the property owners concerned. In this blog post we give some expert advice on preparing for a flood, what you should do after the flood and how Timberwise can help you should you and your property suffered at the hands of a flood.
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Preparing for a Flood
The key to successfully surviving a flood is preparation. Keeping updated with local flood warnings is your first port of call, you can easily do this by listening to your local radio/TV or signing up to Floodline, a government initiative to help those homeowners at risk. The Environment Agency website itself also gives up to date details of flood warnings
The different types of flood warning:
Alternatively, if you have no access to the internet you can contact Floodline Warnings Direct by calling 0845 988 1188.
Make a ‘flood plan’
A very good idea is to prepare a flood plan for what you will need to do should the worst happen and you are caught in a flood. Part of this preparation should also involve preparing an emergency kit, including emergency numbers, insurance policy documents, bank cards and money, first aid kit and medicines, clothes, a torch and water supply. It’s important to keep these items in a sealed bag away from any water so they do not get contaminated.
Purchase unfilled sandbags from builders’ merchants such as Travis Perkins. Remember that, if there is a flood, the demand may well exceed supply, so be active and ready to get yours! Now, this may seem common sense, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What to do During a Flood
If the worst does happen and a flood hits there are a few golden rules for you to follow so you and your family stay safe:
- Avoid walking and driving in flooded areas where at all possible.
- Move all your cherished belongings, pets and emergency flood kit to a higher level in the property so they remain safe and dry.
- Do not touch any sources of electricity to avoid the chances of electrocution.
- Been the victim of a flood is obviously stressful and can lead to increase stress and anxiety that you may not normally feel. If possible check on neighbours to make sure they are coping OK, especially if they are elderly.
- Avoid as much as possible coming into contact with flood water as accidental ingestion can lead to sickness such as diarrhoea and fever.
What to do After a Flood
- If you must go into the flood water beware of hidden dangers. It’s important to be as alert and responsive to potential dangers after a flood as it is beforehand. Hidden dangers may lurk in the murky water such as sharp objects, raised manhole covers as well as pollution. Accidents can also easily happen in fast flowing flood water, so avoid walking or driving in or near flood water if possible.
After a storm has taken place, secondary damage may still occur and health risks may still be present. This is due to the raw sewage and unpleasant bacteria that is carried through the floodwater. Mould growth and bacteria contamination of properties following a flooding can create a number of risks to human health. Therefore, a sewage contamination inspection/ mould and bacteria sampling is recommended to ensure the health and well-being of the occupants.
- Ventilation is key to helping dry out your home. Is the ventilation in your property adequate enough to dry out your home? If your property remains damp following a 48 hour period, you will likely face visible and extensive mould growth. This can be combated through the installation of dehumidifiers and cavity drain membranes which can help your home dry out naturally and efficiently.Generators powered by diesel or petrol should not be used indoors as part of the drying process as the exhaust gases contain lethal carbon monoxide which can kill if inhaled in large doses.
- Don’t touch the gas or electric. If the house has been flooded the gas and electric supply will need to be checked by a qualified technician before it can be turned back on. Although the flood water may have disappeared avoid the temptation to turn the electric and gas back on.
- There may be a change in the quality of the tap water. If you notice a difference in the colour, taste or smell of the tap water report it immediately to your water supplier.
- Do not consume any food that has been in contact with flood water. Food from the fridge or freezer should also be avoided if the electric supply has been off for some time.
- Don’t forget to use your network of friends and family for support. The upheaval caused by a flood does not disappear as quickly as the flood water and it may be some time before life goes back to normal.
How Timberwise can help
Timberwise provides the highest quality flood restoration service, to help you or your client’s property recover quickly from flood damage. Our experts are able to offer you guidance and advice on how to dry your building and prevent any further decay following a flood. Do not turn on gas or electrics if they may have got wet. Only turn them on when they have been checked by a qualified technician.
Our services for flooded properties include:
- – Sanitising all areas in the property that are affected by foul/black water
- – Stripping out of damaged timber from your property
- – Allowing the property to dry out naturally through the use of our cavity drain membrane systems
- – Treating affected areas – for example, putting in place new flooring and skirting boards
- – Evaluate the requirement for a new damp proof course, and where necessary install a new damp proof course
- – Where the property has a basement or cellar evaluate the need for basement waterproofing, and where necessary install waterproofing solutions – for example, sump and pump systems
- – Treat, and where necessary, replace timbers to defend against dry rot/fungal decay taking hold at a later date
- – Improve water repellency of external brickwork by using our WeatherTek masonry protection.
For more information on how Timberwise can help, please visit our Flood Restoration page.
For advice on Flood Restoration, call 0800 288 8660 or