Flooding is a problem in the UK. It affects more homes and businesses year on year, and with climate change predicted to cause even more flooding, it’s important to know what to do if you are affected.
After the emergency has passed, you will have a mess to clear up. Here are some tips to help you:
Once the water has receded, your property must be dried with de-humidifiers and heating. It is best to remain away from the property at this stage, for safety reasons. Electric sockets take some time to dry out, and the longer you remain away from any sewerage contaminated areas the better.
Wear gloves, an apron, and a mask to ensure that you don’t come into contact with infection. Cover broken skin with plasters. Ensure that your children and pets keep away from contaminated areas. This includes outside space, such as a garden or a car park.
Scrub hard surfaces with hot water and detergent, a good mix is one part bleach to four parts water. Allow surfaces to dry naturally. Flooring may be beyond repair if it has been affected by standing water. Pull up laminate to see if it’s wet beneath. Carpets should be professionally examined and cleaned. Don’t forget the walls. Use your bleach solution to scrub walls well above the waterline.
Wash clothes, children’s toys, and bedding as hot as you are able; at least sixty degrees. Dry-clean non-washable items, such as rugs and curtains. Paper will not usually survive a flood, and if it’s left to dry out, it may remain contaminated for some time. Wash cutlery with hot, soapy water and sterilise it thoroughly. All food should be discarded, even if it is tinned.
Even if it looks clean, floodwater from rivers and sewers is dirty. It’s not safe to wade around in floodwater, and it is important to clean up properly afterwards, so that no disease is left behind to make you and your family ill. If you are unsure, then contact a professional cleaning company.