Water damage in your home may appear to be something that only happens in movies or to residents of flood-prone locations. It can, however, happen at any time. When this happens, it’s easy to feel overwhelm.
Flooding and water damage can affect your house for a variety of reasons. The following are some of the explanations we’ve seen:
- During the wash cycle, the washing machine or dishwasher leaks water.
- The waste hose on your washing machine or dishwasher breaks or leaks water.
- The hot water heater has a leak. This might result in enormous amounts of water entering your home in a short period of time (especially if you aren’t there to catch it!)
- Under sinks and basins, broken pipes and hoses (for example, going to the dishwasher).
- Also, the bath is overflowing.
- External concerns, such as sewage overflow in the street, which causes backflow into the restrooms and showers.
- During a storm, a leaky roof.
- A storm-damage roof, window, or wall that allows water into dwellings due to falling trees (or other structures).
- During heavy rain, water runoff from the road enters your property.
- During a rainstorm, overflow from your neighbor’s swimming pool enters your home.
When you have a flooding problem in your house, you may have to deal with three different sorts of water.
- Clean water (category 1) is water that hasn’t been contaminate by hazardous microorganisms and comes from rain or leaking pipes.
- Grey water (category 2) is tainted water that comes from sources such as your dishwasher or washing machine.
- Sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water can produce black water (category 3).
- We’ll go through what to do if your house is flood by category 1 or 2 water in this article. Our specialize article on category 3 water, also known as black water, may be found here.
What should I do in the event that my house floods?
The most important thing to do is to get your family and pets to safety. Once everyone is safe, turn off the water supply to the house if it is possible and safe. This pertains to who should be notify. Emergency services should be notify if there appears to be a major problem affecting many premises. The problem is limited to your home, notify your water company and local government. If you rent, make sure you inform your landlord. And you require assistance in securing your home, contact the State Emergency Service. Make a call to your insurance company to inform them of the situation.
When I get back into my house, what should I do?
The first and most crucial step is to make sure the property is safe for you and anyone else who will be cleaning it up. Children and dogs should be kept out of the affected area until the cleanup is finish. This is especially crucial if there is any murky or black water present. Make certain there aren’t any electrical dangers. At the switchboard, turn off the electricity. Consult an electrician if you’re unsure. Everything should be document. Despite the fact that cleaning up the mess is your first priority, you must take photos and films to document all aspects of the damage. Do not touch the water that is flooding your home since it could be contaminate. Wearing adequate protection gear, such as waders, waterproof boots, and rubber gloves, is a good idea. When entering a structure, use a torch instead of matches or cigarette lighters.
What is the most effective method for cleaning up after a flood?
- Using a sweeping motion, remove any standing water. Clean the house of any dirt and silt that has accumulate.
- Remove all damp goods as quickly as possible from the house so that they can be clean and dry properly. This allows for increase airflow inside the house, which aids in the drying process.
- Items that can’t be save should be discard. Household goods that can’t be successfully clean or disinfect, such as carpet, upholstery furniture, and mattresses, will be affect if grey or black water is present.
- If the plasterboard has been soggy, it must be remove and discard.
- Any food or medication that has come into touch with flood water should be thrown away.
- All contaminate surfaces should be thoroughly clean with soap, detergent, or a bleach solution.
- Remove kickers from beneath kitchen cabinets to allow air to circulate and aid in the drying of items.
- Check to see if there is any water pooling underneath the house. If require, evacuate the water with a pump or by digging a drain. This is necessary in order for the house to dry correctly.
- Keep windows and doors open if it isn’t raining to maximize ventilation and drying. Leave the windows ajar on rainy days to allow for some ventilation.
- Heaters, blowers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers can all be use, but not too much heat can cause the wood to warp and break.
Hygiene and safety
Before you re-energize your appliances, get them check by an electrician. Because the electric motor is typically situated low to the ground, even a small amount of water might cause harm. After each cleaning session, make sure to disinfect cleaning mops, brooms, and brushes. It’s best to use a bleach-based cleaning solution. At the end of each cleaning session, clean and dry your soil boots, waders, and gloves, and wash your garments in hot water with soap separately from uncontaminated goods. Any cuts, grazes, or wounds should be treated as soon as possible. Cover the wound with a waterproof dressing after disinfecting it. Wash wounds well with soap and clean water at the conclusion of each cleaning session to keep them clean.
Is it possible for me to live in my home while it is being restored?
You may be possible to live in the house while the flood damage restoration and repair work is being done, but it is sometimes preferable to leave it vacant for health and safety concerns or to allow it to dry out properly. Your local council will be able to assist you in determining whether or not you may live in your home; but, in general, a home can be occupied when:
- There is no danger to one’s health or safety.
- The initial water and debris cleanup has been completed.
- The power and gas supplies have been tested and are now operational.
- All water and sewage systems have been inspected and found to be safe.