The recent floods have robbed families out of their homes, which is a tragedy, but as the water recedes and people return to their houses and flats, the work ahead is devastating and way too much to handle without a battle plan. That’s what we’re going to tackle right now, so be sure to stick around and take some notes.
Mind you this list looks at things like checking your power, damage, dealing with insurance and even restoration and gutter cleaning in London, but even it can’t plan for everything. It all depends on whether you’re renting the property or its own, age and specifics. Nevertheless, this list a good starting point for many people.
Check the Power
Has the main switchboard sustained damage? Can you manually switch off the power in case you haven’t done so before the flood hit you? These are questions you have to consider and talk with professionals. The general word of advice is to not turn any lights on or get power to outlets, especially if the whole property is still damp or partially flooded, because it could lead to fatalities. Power does not play well with water. Never forget it.
Check the Running Water
Has it been contaminated? Does it even run at all? Chances are tap water will be contaminated and therefore unfit for drinking, washing or even showering. This check gives you a heads up you have to think through how you’re going to proceed about drinking water and showering. Also, this informs you to keep an ear to the ground for news on the water front.
Prepare for an Insurance Claim
If you have an insurance, it’s time to grab the camera and document every single room. If you have lived in rented properties, then you know how detailed check out reports are. Take many shots of the same room from different angles and different detail to drive your point home and get the most out of your insurance. If you’re currently leasing, then you should contact agents and landlords, because the work and restoration should fall on them.
Making Sure Your Home Dries
Perhaps the most important thing you have to do is get rid of the ruined furnishing and objects in your home, open up the space and facilitate a faster drying. This of course means having the property professionally cleaned and assessed for damage. Water damage comes with its own set of problems like humidity, microbes, contaminated air, mold, so acting as soon as possible is advised.
Check for Damage Everywhere
Flood damage can manifest in many ways, some of which are more subtle than others. One of the things I advise is to have a look through the lower levels, check the walls, woodwork and consult London based gutter cleaning agency for how the gutters are handling the pressure, because just because the first and immediate danger has passed, it certainly doesn’t mean, you’re in the clear. Further rain can exploit the weakness the first flood has caused and sturdy, clean gutters take away further risk.
There are more tasks you need to do on your way to reclaiming your home from the floods. Let us know what we have missed.