Flood Restoration Tips: What to Do After a Storm

When a home or business premises is affected by flooding, getting back to normal can feel like a mammoth task and it can be very difficult to know exactly where to start. Professional flood restoration companies do exist and very often their fees will be covered by an insurance company.

Time is truly of the essence in flood restoration. Health dangers and the potential for damage to property including furniture and electrical appliances increase as time passes. Professional companies will usually be available 24 hours a day, meaning that they can get to work quickly on establishing what dangers are posed by the flood. This will include whether the water that is standing in a property is sanitary or not. All water in a home will increase humidity levels, encouraging mould growth, but if water is grossly unsanitary, for example from a sewer, then there is much more chance of the mould that grows being toxic. Toxic mould spores trigger asthma and other health problems, particularly within people with weak immune systems. For this reason it is always advisable to keep children and the elderly out of flooded homes until North York Flood restoration have dealt with the safety issues.

Seal the deal

In the event that your shed has windows you should check to make sure that they are properly sealed. If you have any doubts over whether they are water tight then err on the side of caution and apply some suitable sealant, such as silicone.

Base level

If the base of your shed is not level then it there is a good chance that the timber will warp; especially when wet. So an important, but often overlooked, step in flood restoration of a shed is checking that the base remains level. If you don’t carry out this check then you could easily end up with uneven floors or dropped doors.

A nice tidy hinge

Excess water and cold conditions can often lead to erosion of lubrication in your door hinges. Therefore the final step in your shed flood restoration should be to check all hinges properly and oil where necessary. If any hinges have become rusted or corroded then it is a wise move to replace them with new ones, which will provide easier use.

Once everything has been evaluated, the next step is to begin scheduling the repair work. If the area was heavily affected by a storm, it might be necessary to wait. Also, make sure to work with a reputable contractor. After a crisis like a storm, disingenuous contractors show up and try to take advantage of vulnerable storm victims. This often results in shoddy work that will need to be replaced.

Storm and flood restoration can be significant and overwhelming. Taking everything step-by-step will help ease the process. Be sure to keep in constant contact with the insurer and don’t make any permanent repairs until all evaluations have been completed.