Whether it’s related to a river overflowing, or heavy raining, the damage caused to a house after a major flood is expensive and soul destroying since you have to take care of insurance, redecorating, making sure the electrics of the house are replaced properly.
What to do first for Melbourne Flood Damage Restoration
1. Make sure all the electrics are turned off and isolate the power supply. Use battery powered tools when you get started. Don’t use 240 voltpower tools until the cleaning is finished.
2. You have no idea what could be in the water, so make sure you have sturdy hand gloves, safety glasses, hand wash, and clean washing water.
3. Take the following gear to cleaning;
– Plastic tubs or cardboard boxes lined with heavy duty rubbish sacks.
– Sturdy rubbish sacks.
– A friend who a, has a washing machine for your dirty laundry which has been soaked in the floodwater. B, someone you can trust to put you up for a while in a non-contaminated living space.
– A digital camera for photographing your damaged property.
What not to do in the event of a flood
Flooded houses don’t drain themselves, they have to be pumped out or the water level has to recede. One way to make use of the time on your hands is to set up an objective plan with your team. Don’t rush to your home to deal with the damage, especially if the flood is still going on. Check reports to see if it’s safe to begin pumping and repairing your house.
1. Remove all clothing/linen, put it into boxes. Then take them round to your friend to get them washed thoroughly to remove contaminates. They’ll be ruined if you leave them dirty and alone.
2. Remove soft furnishings; furniture, beds, carpets etc. Anything porous will soak up water, and if you have kids then their toys and clothes are ruined. You don’t have any choice – get rid of them.
3. Pack everything up – CDs to everything else – into plastic storage boxes. Take them to your friend, make sure to scrub EVERYTHING by hand and detergent. Goods need to be rinsed with an antimicrobial solution if you can.
4. Electronics equipment -CD player, Television, DVD player – throw them away. They’re ruined, useless. Throw them away and forget them.
Any hard furniture, mostly wood, will probably have been submerged in the dirty water, so scrubbing them down would probably just damage them further. But if the water level wasn’t too high it’ll probably be safe to scrub them down as thoroughly as other possessions.
Washing and what happens next.
Clean the house up. Use detergent and broom and pressure cleaner, a fire hose is best. Scrub everything from the external walls to everything else. Use towels to dry the place and mop the floor, and once you’re finished apply an antimicrobial and pump pack to everything the water came into contact with.
When the house is finished being gutted and cleaned, have electricians and interior decorators come round to help with the final stages. Make sure anything too badly damaged to be saved has been photographed so they can be replaced.