Flooding can have a devastating effect on your home but by acting quickly you can limit the damage caused.
Not only can flooding turn your house into a disaster area but it can literally flip your life upside down.
Days and weeks may pass before you can move back or use the sections of the property which were hit hardest.
I've seen first-hand the trauma caused to property owners by flooding. Each year Donegal homes are substantially affected by flooding. Sometimes the flooding results from a steady build-up of water over time and on other occasions flash rainfall or cloud bursts are to blame.
Whatever the cause, flooding in the North West can lead to busy periods for my team and a lot of pain and suffering for home owners in Donegal, Tyrone and Derry.
Luckily we are just a phone call away. Once alerted we are quickly on hand to limit the damage to some of the homes and businesses affected.
Some of the first steps we take in the face of flooding disaster limitation and recovery - which you may find useful - are listed below.
After calling your insurance company, hiring a loss assessor, photographing everything and securing the services of a reputable contractor who specialises in disaster recovery, it’s important to heed the following tips.
How to deal with flooding
Remember that flood water can be hazardous to health so care must be taken. Precautions include the wearing protective clothing such as rubber gloves and thorough washing of skin afterwards.
As soon as the floodwater level outside the property has dropped below the level of the interior floor you may pump water from inside. A pump can be rented or a disaster recovery professional can provide one as part of the service.
Lift wooden floors
Remove wooden floors as soon as possible. If your property has wooden floors which were affected by floodwater it is important that they are lifted before they expand. Expansion of sodden wooden floors can put pressure on walls and cause structural damage. Solid wooden floors can be saved if the proper drying out procedures are applied.
Moisture barrier removal
Rubber backed carpet, floor tiles and vinyl floor coverings are moisture barriers and must be removed to allow the sub floor to dry.
Air the property
Moving air around will help the property to dry out. Move air naturally by opening all windows and doors and move it air mechanically by use of high powered fans. Open all drawers and cabinets to help air circulate in furniture and fittings.
Water vapour can be removed from the air using a portable dehumidifier. A disaster recovery professional will provide an industrial grade dehumidifier. They can also be rented from plant hire companies. Remember to shut all windows and doors when using a dehumidifier in order to prevent excess humidity seeping into the room.
Who to call in flood emergency
Our team at Galbraith Construction is highly experienced in disaster recovery projects and has the know-how to fix whatever structural emergency you experience in your home or place of business.
We fully understand the nature of your predicament and that’s why we’re on hand 24 hours a day to assist should a flood emergency situation strike. For more information check out our emergency call out advice or call us on 087 277 5926.