As the rain continues to fall, albeit slightly lighter than it has done previously, the flood waters that are submerging much of the UK show little sign of abating. Despite this we feel that there is no such thing as too early a time to start preparing for the waters eventual subsistence.
Here at All Seasons Hire we have years of specialist experience in drying solutions for responding to many types of dampening situations, including flooding.
We are also currently running a special flood recovery package that contains a portable dehumidifier, an electric heater and a fan to help circulate the dry and warm air. Call us free on 0800 082 8001 for more information on our specialist dryer package. Continue reading for our free flood recovery guide.
Our Flood Recovery Guide
Floodwaters affect your premises in 3 ways:
The following steps will help you get started in dealing with these problems:
1. The water damages materials. Plasterboard will disintegrate if it stays wet too long; wood can swell, warp, or rot; electrical parts can short out, malfunction, and cause fires or shock.
2. Mud, silt, and unknown contaminants in the water not only get everything dirty; they are also unhealthy.
3. Dampness promotes the growth of mildew, a mould or fungus that can propagate on everything.
✔ Turn off your electrical supply until you know it is safe to switch it back on. Make sure you only use your electrical supply when advised it is safe to do so. If in doubt contact your electricity board.
✔ Take photographs of the damage – room by room. Take pictures or videos of all the damage in each room and list each item. This will help your insurance loss adjuster and also speed up your claim.
✔ Sort Contents and Discard Debris.
In a flood situation you have 3 types of contents. They should go to 3 different places:
Get rid of food and anything else that could spoil or go bad immediately. Don’t let rubbish build up. Rubbish piles will cause yet another health hazard by attracting animals and insects. If your insurance adjuster has not come, tell your agent or adjuster that you need to get rid of potential health hazards. That person will tell you how to make sure that your losses are covered. Then throw the stuff out, preferably in sealed plastic garbage bags. Dispose of discarded items properly. Do not burn or bury them. There will usually be more frequent garbage pickups after a flood. Your local newspapers or local TV and radio stations will have announcements about trash pickup schedules and drop-off sites.
2. Things you want to save
Move things you want to save to a safe, dry place, such as the second story or outside. The longer they sit in water, the more damaged they will become. Don’t leave wood furniture in the sun because it will warp as it dries.
3. Things you don’t want to save
Put things you don’t want to save outside to dry until the adjuster comes to confirm your losses – take photos or videos.
Start the drying out process
This is where we come in. We have extensive experience in the provision and application of a complete drying package to help buildings recover quickly and thoroughly from any type of water damage. Our specialist dryer package will assist you with carrying out the below points quickly and efficiently to return your house to its pre-water damaged state.
Lower the Humidity
Everything will dry more quickly and clean more easily if you can reduce the humidity and stop the rot and mildew.
Open up the house
If the humidity outside is lower than it is indoors, and if the weather permits, open all the doors and windows to exchange the moist indoor air for drier outdoor air. When temperatures drop at night, an open house is warmer and will draw moisture indoors. Therefore you should close up the house at night, and at other times when the humidity is higher outdoors.
Open closet and cabinet doors
Remove drawers to let air circulate. Drawers may stick because of swelling. Don’t try to force them. Help them dry by opening up the back of the cabinet so air can get into it.
Fans help to move the air and dry out your home. Do not use central air conditioning or the furnace blower if the ducts were under water at any point. They will blow out dirty air that might contain contaminants. Clean or hose out the ducts first.
Dehumidifiers will reduce the moisture, especially in closed-up areas.
Desiccants are materials that absorb moisture and can be used in drying closets or other closed areas where air cannot move through. Desiccants like those listed below are usually available at chemists, hardware and grocery stores.
- Chemical dehumidifier packs used for drying boats and damp closets.
- Cat litter made of clay.
- Calcium chloride pellets (used to melt ice in the winter)
Hang pellets in a pillow case, nylon stocking, or other porous bag. Put a bucket underneath to catch dripping water. Close the closet or area being dried. Most importantly be very careful. Calcium chloride can burn your skin. It will also make the air salty, so do not use it near computers or other delicate equipment.
Be patient (we know this is easier said than done)
Drying your house could take several weeks. Until your house is reasonably dry, damage caused by mildew and decay will continue. The musty odour will stay forever if the house is not dried out well.
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