Guarding your property against Flood Damage

by / Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Published in Blog

water-removal-300x200Having taken the basic steps to protect your property from flooding from exceptional rain or run off from a neighbor or by the drains backing up let us assess what further risks exist.

If you live close to a river or on a flood plain then you property is at risk of being flooded if exceptional rain up river in the catchment area overwhelms the natural barriers or manmade flood defenses and bursts its banks. If there is a risk of this happening to you then you need to take certain steps to ensure that your property is able to protect itself from the worst of the flooding and recover rapidly.

Surround the property with a strong wall and have a supply of sandbags available to fend off the flood waters at the access gates. Floods of this nature are usually slow rising events so you should have adequate time to fill those sandbags and get them into place while the waters are rising. (Flash floods are extremely unusual in most cases.)

You might also want to ensure that you have a sump pump available to shift some of the water that gets in back down stream again.

But the risk of external flooding is one of the less likely scenarios for most householders. Just because you are up on a hill well away from this kind of danger does not mean you are immune from having a flood damage the interior of your property.

Water pipes and faucets are known to burst on occasion, especially after extremely cold weather causes the water in the pipes to freeze. Boilers can burst or fire sprinklers may malfunction. Just Blocked drains have also been known to overflow causing damage to the interior of the property. All of these are not unlikely and the majority of the flood repair work that Restoration Specialists undertake is from just these sorts of incidents.

Once you have had water damage there are many things to consider when getting repair work done. The important thing is to actually remove all moisture and dry out the property thus ensuring that mold does not develop in the hidden spaces beneath the floor boards and in the crawl spaces for example. If damp is left there is danger of wood rot and bad odors in your home.

So fixing up a house after a flood is a big job and one that has to be done properly. Floors and skirting boards may have to be lifted, dried and re-laid. Electric wires and installations may need to be tested and sockets replaced. Certain appliances like Washing Machines and refrigerators need to be checked before they are sent for replacement. Depending on the level of water penetration they may well be able to be dried out and returned to normal use.

Electronic equipment such as computers and TVs on the other hand are very sensitive and water may well cause them to be beyond salvage.

Of course there are professionals who can advise you and Restoration Specialists are specialists at assessing the damage and giving advice on how best to return your property to a dry state.. Give them a call today for a routine visit and get their advice.