Flood can wreck havoc in your home. After it’s over, it’s natural that you will need to embark on a significant cleanup exercise. Rebuilding and redecorating after flooding is never an easy task as it entails many factors and steps, some of which are complicated.
But before you commence the cleanup, it’s of paramount importance that you find out if it’s indeed safe to move back to your property. You can talk with your local council or insurance company for advice on whether or not it’s safe to return to the property. Also, you can get in touch with your insurers to find out if they can help organise cleaners who will clean up the home.
You should also check your electrical connections just to ensure that the power has been switched off from the mains. If you are standing in a pool of floodwater, of course you shouldn’t touch a source of electricity. If any of your electrical appliances have come into contact with water, you should ask a qualified electrical technician to check them and see if they can be used safely or not.
Your safety should be your major concern when cleaning up after floods. To guarantee this, you can wear protective clothing. In some instances, the flood water may be contaminated with chemicals and human wastes among others. This makes it essential that you disinfect anything that it comes into contact with. Also, ensure that any wound you have is covered so as to protect you from potential infections.
Although it’s important to get moving as soon as possible with your decorating and building work, your health ranks supreme when rebuilding and redecorating after flooding. You will most likely come into contact with raw sewage, chemicals and a wide range of other wastes, so if you get sick, it’s highly advisable that you talk with your doctor. Any contaminated clothing will need to be washed at hot temperatures.
You can start removing the water from the inside of your premises when the water level outside is lower than inside the rooms. You can use a generator or a pump to complete this task, although in most cases this should all be dealt with by the council or your insurers. You can then wipe the surfaces clean before applying a disinfectant. Turn on the central heating unit and open the doors and windows for free flow of air. This can reduce the drying time, therefore allowing for the commencement of decorative works. You can do your decorative work after the rooms have been certified to be dry.
You can seek help from professional painters and decorators who can deliver to your expectations, and it will almost certainly be necessary to draft in some extra help since a flood will have probably left damage to a bigger area than you would ever take on yourself in normal circumstances. Again there may be help available for this depending on your insurance and how much your local council and charities are able to get involved.
Once you get going with the restoration of your home it might be worth investing in things like tiled floors if you suspect the risk of flooding is not yet over. Although it’s extremely difficult to design an interior that’s flood resistant, considering the risk throughout will make you better prepared if the worst case scenario occurs again.