Cleaning up your property can have many stages. Not all will apply to every property that has been affected by flooding, and the type of property and its construction may influence what is done. Seek professional cleaning advice on what is suitable, contact CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) for advice on restoring your property following a flood. Alternatively, the Construction Centre’s website can assist in providing access to suppliers and manufacturers.
When beginning clean-up of the property:
- pump out any remaining flood water.
To select the right type of pump, you will need to know how much water you are trying to pump out and how quickly you want to remove it. Guidance from Garvin et al. (2005) suggests that no more than 1m of flood water should be removed each day, to avoid any adverse impact on the structural integrity of the building. Before removing any water from the property, please take a look at government guidance for where to pump this floodwater, this can be found by clicking here.
- unblock air bricks and other ventilation holes in the walls/floor
This will allow excess water to escape the building
- dry out the structure as well as you can
Usually done by using dehumidifiers, however this may take several weeks or even months.
- remove damaged plasterboard that has been affected by the water
This should be replaced with a resilient plasterboard if possible.
- remove any debris and silt deposits in the property
- take out damaged carpets, floor coverings and other items
- do not dispose of items that will be included on an insurance claim
Ensure you make a sufficient record of flood damage – click here for more information.
Contact your local council about additional rubbish collections or skips. You can find the contact details of your local council here.
Public Health England has published guidance on how to clean your home safely following a flood at gov.co.uk.
For further guidance about insurance claims and the parties involved please click here.