Flood recovery – what to do if the worst happens

Monday, November 19, 2018

The UK is now experiencing the worst floods on record and one in six UK properties is at risk of flooding from rivers, the sea or surface water. Whilst measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of flood damage, it’s important to know what to do if the worst does happen.

Here we provide you with a few key points and tips to help in the aftermath of a flood.

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Flood clean-up process

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Your insurer will help with the arrangements for your property to be cleaned up and the usual process is as follows.

  1. For large scale floods, the Fire & Rescue service will pump out standing water or remove with the use of buckets and a pump. This is usually followed by a wet/dry vacuum.
  2. The second stage is to clean and disinfect. Flood water is often contaminated and so the property will need to be disinfected after cleaning to help prevent mould and mildew forming.
  3. Finally, the process of drying out your property will commence. Fans, industrial dehumidifiers and heaters will be used. This can take weeks or even months in the event of severe flooding – but if completed too quickly, damage can be caused to the building’s structure.

The decisions made, and actions taken in the immediate aftermath of a flood can affect the time it takes to restore the damage.

By keeping up to date with any flood warnings issued in your area, taking steps to prevent as much damage as possible and then, if the worst happens, by following this guide you can help the recovery process.

To check your insurance details or find out more about flood prevention, please do not hesitate to get in touch.