Cleaning up after a flood
When cleaning up after a flood, wear protective clothing, such as sturdy footwear, loose long-sleeved shirts and trousers and heavy duty work gloves.
There may be asbestos debris in your home. Where there is extensive demolition, repair and renovation work involving asbestos-containing material, licensed asbestos contractors should be employed to undertake the work.
Flood recovery suggestions include:
- Start cleaning up as soon as possible. Tackle one room at a time, making sure you are working in a well-ventilated area.
- After talking with your insurer, as part of the clean-up, you should remove water-damaged possessions from the building (such as carpets and soft furnishings), and store these in a safe place. They may be required to be inspected as part of the claims process.
- Sweep out water. Don’t forget to check for blocked drains in the shower and sinks.
- Open doors and windows to help the house dry out. Open access doors to air the underfloor of your house too.
- Consult with a building engineer to make sure your house is structurally sound.
- Repainting and redecorating should be left for at least three months – until your house is thoroughly dried out. Painting or papering too soon may result in mould, blistering and peeling. Laying floor vinyl too soon may also trap moisture.
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