Floods caused serious damage across the country last year, and it looks as though it is a possibility that is could happen again. The disaster of the flood is more than just water spilling into streets and flooding homes, because the consequences can last for months even after the water has receded.
Flood water can contain a range of contaminants, including sewage, debris from soil, and even poisons which can all affect the home after the water has been removed. Although these contaminants are reduced in power because they are diluted, there are still several precautions that homeowners and business owners need to take when they are cleaning their property after a flood.
The first thing that needs to be done on the event of a flood is to remove as much water as possible. After rivers and tides subside, water can remain trapped in the home by kerbs and steps into the property, and so it is important to mop up and brush away all remaining water. When you enter the home, take pictures of the condition of the property, including anything which needs to be thrown away immediately. You should contact your insurance company and detail all of the damaged furnishings, possessions and even food.
When you start clearing up, don’t turn on electronic items, and don’t plug anything into any of the sockets until your home has been approved by an electrician. Take out all of the soft furnishings, and dispose of those pieces which have been contaminated. Use domestic disinfectants to wipe down all surfaces, combined with very hot water and anti-bacterial soaps. Wash all surfaces several times over in order to remove all traces of contamination. Lastly, turn on your heating, and open the windows if possible, to remove as much water as you can.
You can also call on a company like London Junk who can take away any damaged items quickly and efficiently.