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.

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Preparing for a flood

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

Alternatively, if you have no access to the internet you can contact Floodline Warnings Direct by calling 0845 988 1188.

Another priority is to prepare an emergency kit, including emergency numbers, insurance policy, first aid kit, clothes, a torch and water supply. It’s important to keep these items in a sealed bag away from any water.

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, move all your cherished belongings, pets, and vehicles to higher levels.

After a flood

It’s important to be as alert and responsive to potential dangers after a flood as it is beforehand. Accidents can 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.

It is also worth thinking about the ventilation in your property, is it 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 combatted through the installation of dehumidifiers and cavity drain membranes which can help your home dry out naturally and efficiently.

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:

  1. – Sanitising all areas in the property that are affected by foul/black water
  2. – Stripping out of damaged timber from your property
  3. – Allowing the property to dry out naturally through the use of our cavity drain membrane systems
  4. – Treating affected areas – for example,  putting in place new flooring and skirting boards
  5. – Evaluate the requirement for a new damp proof course, and where necessary install a new damp proof course
  6. – 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
  7. – Treat, and where necessary, replace timbers to defend against dry rot/fungal decay taking hold at a later date
  8. – 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.

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For consultation on Flood Restoration, call 0800 288 8660 or