Have you had a flood in your home?

31 January 2017

Winter is that time of year when pipes are most likely to freeze and burst, or extreme weather conditions put anyone living near the coast at an even higher risk of flooding. Although a house flood can be incredibly stressful, upsetting and costly, there are some ways to minimise the long-term effects. Williams Lynch says, “Many household items can be restored to their former glory if you act fast enough, and there’s plenty of help available too.”

Firstly, it’s important to focus on the impact any flooding has on your family, especially children and older relatives. Take advantage of friends and family members who are keen to help out- having someone bring food for the kids can be a godsend when you’re running around trying to get things sorted out- and if they’ve got a spare room that’s even better. Denhan Guaranteed Rent stresses the importance of self-care during this stressful time- “Make sure you eat well, get enough sleep and take care of yourself- you’re far more likely to be able to cope with all the stress of a flood if your emotional wellbeing is a priority.”

Make a plan

Concentrate on safety. Whilst your home is a big part of your life, it’s not as important as life itself. Turn off the electricity and gas, be careful not to slip and don’t do any unnecessarily heavy lifting on your own- bricks and mortar can never out trump human life so take a deep breath and keep you and your family and pets safe before worrying about the house itself.

Rescue your best-loved items

If you can salvage it, get it out of the house as soon as you can to avoid damp setting in. Concentrate on the most valuable items first and get them out in the dry as soon as you can.

Remove the water

You’ll need a pump and a very large bucket- these can be easily found in DIY stores. This is a messy and time-consuming job so wear protective clothing and say yes to anyone who offers to help you.

Prevent further damage

Even once the water has stopped flowing, damp can set in quickly so it’s important to act fast. Patch up any holes, clear away debris and switch off the water mains just in case there’s anything else wrong with the waterworks.

Clean it up and dry it out

Floods are messy things, so you’ll need to be prepared for a lot of cleaning up after the event. Once everything is clean and the water has gone, you’ll then need to get it dry again. This is something that can take months to properly achieve, so set about getting your home to a good temperature (around 22 degrees centigrade should do it) will help you avoid that dreaded damp smell.

As Andrew Reeves says, it’s always worth calling in the professionals. “A flood in the home can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever experience. Whilst it’s possible to handle the mess and cleaning up yourself, it makes sense to get someone in to take care of it- it will take the pressure off you, and you’ll be able to relax knowing that they’re experts who know how to get it done quickly and prevent further damage later along the line.”

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