2016 has certainly started wetter than most. Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank have caused between £2-3 Billion worth of damage across the UK, the main cause of damage coming from floods.
The North of England has seen the worst of it with city centres in Leeds and Carlisle becoming submerged.
North of the border in Scotland, it has not been quite as bad, but that will come as no consolation to residents of towns such as Inverurie and Coupar Angus, who had to evacuate their homes on Monday night (January 4th), as water levels continued to rise.
If you have been hit by the floods things can be fixed, and often more easily than it may seem at first.
We have put together a step-by-step guide for getting a flooded property back to its best in no time.
Remove lingering water using a wet & dry vacuum cleaner
Before any damage can be fixed residual water has to be dealt with first. Wet and dry vacuum cleaners generate enough suction to suck up water, grunge and slush. These machines can be purchased, but it would be far more economical for most private homeowners to rent one from a hire company.
Handy Hint: Floodwater has entered your property from a variety of outside sources, so there is literally no way of knowing what sorts of bacteria, pathogens and germs it is carrying. Make sure you are wearing suitable protective clothing (goggles, gloves and masks etc...) when interacting with any water from a flood.
Use a pressure washer to clean walls, floors and roofing
A pressure washer can be used to blast residual dirt from the floors, walls and ceiling of your property.
Handy Hint: When using a pressure washer in damp conditions, it may be wise to opt for a petrol-powered pressure washer so as to avoid any danger of mixing electricity and water.
Dry with an Air Blower
Air blowers will decrease the drying time of a damp interior even during the cold winter months. The best thing about Air blowers is their relatively low power consumption, making them an inexpensive way to get your property dry in the quickest time possible.
Handy Hint: If you have air conditioning available do not use it to dry out your property. If any part of the system was affected by the floodwater it will blow out “dirty air” that may contain contaminants from the water. Any air conditioning unit affected by flooding will need to receive seperate, professional maintenance work.
Unfortunately, the final push for removing the last of the residual dirt will usually involve scrubbing and washing by hand.
Handy Hint: Start at the base of the wall when washing a wall. Then move up gradually, drying as you go. This will avoid the creation of streaks or drip marks.
As mentioned above, floodwater has come into your home from outside your property so you do not know what it has left behind in terms of microbes, germs, bacteria, allergens or pathogens. For this reason, a hygienic steam clean is essential.
Handy Hint: Steam clean before applying any paint to a surface as the steam would likely damage the paintwork.
This grim weather is set to continue with amber weather warnings being issued by the Met Office for parts of Tayside and Central Scotland along with yellow "be aware" warnings covering Grampian and the Scottish Borders.
With that in mind, please make sure you are keeping up to date with weather warnings in your area.
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