After your property has suffered from flood damage, there comes the point where you have to rebuild, repair and recover what you can to pick up and move on. However, this is not always easy and you will often need help to get started. That is why we at Property Rescue Services have put together all our knowledge and resources to bring you this advice.
We did this to help you navigate through the process of returning to normal after drain damage, river flooding, coastal flooding or pluvial flooding has impacted on your property.
If you are based in London, we are also able to send out our team to provide specialist flood damage repair. Call us or send us an email right away if this is something you would be interested in, or read on to learn more.
Contacting Your Home Insurance Provider
If your property has flooded, the first step you must take is contacting your insurance company in order to make a claim on your policy. A successful claim on your home insurance should cover the cost of any repairs caused by the water damage. However, you must always read your policy and know what it covers first. This is because many home insurance providers will not cover damage that happened gradually, if there was a suitable reason to believe the issue had taken place over a long period of time.
To give an example, an insurance provider may choose to accept your claim if your property’s damage was caused by a sudden flash flood. On the other hand, if the damage was caused by a leaking pipe in your wall, leaving noticeable damp and mould, they may reject the claim. They may also reject the claim if your home is in a high flood risk area.
To help your claim go through, you may wish to take pictures of the damage, make note of your property’s contents, and keep documents and records of any communication you have with your insurance provider.
Carrying Out Flood Damage Repair Work
It’s important to note that any repair work should be carried out after you have made your insurance claim. This should also be undertaken by a team of professionals, with knowledge and experience in repairing flood damage done to properties. Attempting to repair flood damage yourself may cause further accidental damage, which will cost more to repair.
Ensuring the work is carried out by experts will prevent this, keeping your home protected and ensuring that your budget is not unexpectedly affected.
Cleaning Your Property
When cleaning out your property, you should make a list of the goods that were damaged during the flood. You may also think to check if electrical appliances are working by switching them on, but this should not be carried out under any circumstances until the item has been checked by a trained and qualified electrician.
Cover any open cuts or wounds on exposed skin with waterproof plasters and wear a pair of thick rubber gloves when carrying out this work.
You should aim to remove as much of the dirty water and silt as possible when carrying out this work, including from cupboards, under cupboards and the stairs, and underneath floorboards if you have these. All soft furnishings and fittings that are damaged beyond repair should be removed, while clothing, bedding, children’s toys and other soft fabrics that can be saved should be laundered on a hot wash to destroy any bacteria present.
All hard surfaces should be washed down with hot, soapy water until visually clean. After this, a household disinfectant should be used to the instructions on the label. Any food preparation surfaces, or areas such as storage cupboards and fridges, should be washed down using food-safe disinfectant brands.
Flood Damage Mitigation Strategies
It is highly recommended that you put mitigation strategies in place after flooding, so that if your property is subjected to water damage again, the consequences will not be so severe. The National Flood Forum suggests using both resilience and resistance measures to protect your home.
Resilience Mitigation Strategies
Resilience strategies are for reducing the impact of flooding, in the event that water gets inside your property. These are for minimising damage, and should be tailored to suit each building and interior space. Resilience measures include:
- Using porous plaster
- Fitting solid doors
- Fitting tiled floor coverings
- Raising electrics
- Moving furniture and valuable items upstairs
Resistance Mitigation Strategies
Resistance strategies are for reducing the risk of flood water entering your property. These allow you time to move furniture, valuables and smaller electrical items from ground level, as well as giving you time to get members of the household to safety in the event of an emergency.
Can Flooding Cause Foundation Damage?
It is possible for flooding to cause damage to your property’s foundations, but this may not become noticeable for many years. For instance, flooding may cause subsidence, which causes foundations to “sink” into the ground. There may also be ground heave, which forces your foundations upwards. In a worst-case scenario, it is also possible for sinkholes to form.
When either subsidence or ground heave take place, your home may develop cracks in its walls, or there may be signs of general movement in the property. However, it is possible that these will not become apparent for some time, so it is highly recommended that you watch for them carefully in the months and years after a flash flood, heavy rain or case of coastal flooding that damaged your property.
You may also find other indicators of structural damage, such as buckling walls, bulging or dislodged parts of your home, or new cracks above windows and doors.
Carrying Out Flood Damage Repair Work in South Kensington
When a long-term client of Property Rescue Services found themselves in this position, they knew that they could trust us to carry out the needed repair work. With our years of experience and skill at our profession, we were able to restore their duplex apartment in South Kensington to its former glory in a short amount of time.
Undertaking repair work on this property included:
- Replacing ceilings
- Testing electrical circuits for faults and exchanging fittings
- Installing new skirting, architraves and easing doors
- Replacing blown plaster
- Refinishing hardwood floors, and
- Redecorating all affected areas
Our clients also used this opportunity to install an acoustic ceiling in the master bedroom. All installation and restoration work was completed while they spent time away on an extended summer holiday.
Contact Us to Carry Out Specialist Flood Damage Repair Work
At Property Rescue Services, we are always prepared to help our clients when their interior or exterior spaces in London have sustained water damage, whether through damaged drainage systems, a flash flood caused by heavy rain, or high tides. When you require our assistance after your own property has experienced flood damage, our dedicated team will be waiting for your call.
We will do everything we can to ensure that your property receives the specialist care and attention it needs, so that it will be back to normal in a short amount of time. We’ll do this while keeping our disruption to your day to a minimum, and at a cost which will always remain friendly to your budget.
If your flood damaged property is located anywhere in London, contact us via phone or email right away and we’ll send our team out to help in a short amount of time. We will soon have your property restored to its full working order and pristine condition.