The HSS Guide to Flood Recovery, Drying & Restoration

Wind and rain continue to blight parts of Britain after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and travel chaos across most of the country. With many local businesses, residents and communities affected, make sure you read the tips and advice below which may help if you, or anyone you know, has suffered flood damage.

KEY ACTION POINTS

1. Switch off power and gas supply at the mains.

2. Remove standing water.

After pumping out, extraction is the fastest and most efficient way to remove water from flooring and carpets – think of it like wringing out a rag – the tighter your twist it, the more water you’ll get out of it and the faster it will dry.

3. Open windows and doors to ventilate the house.

Airflow helps evaporation by blowing a powerful sheet of air over walls, floors, ceilings etc…literally pulling moisture out. Commercial air movers (58382) are more efficient than fans which blow air everywhere instead of across the surface that you are drying.

4. Clean and disinfect the house.

Germs spread rapidly after flooding. Thorough cleaning of surfaces, walls and especially the underside and inside of kitchen cabinets will reduce the risk of infection.

5. Dry out building.

Air movement pulls water from damp surfaces into the air and dehumidifiers (56734) capture it. This speeds up the drying process and reduces the risk of secondary damage and the spread of germs. You can also use indirect heaters to speed up the drying process.

6. Monitor progress.

Use a damp meter to track drying progress, things can be dry to touch and yet still be wet inside.

7. Maintain air quality.

Remove particles from the air to avoid odours and stains by using an air scrubber (56726).

Drying set up

Drying set up image

Set the air movers to create a circular airflow pattern. Add the air scrubber if airbourne contaminants are present. For areas larger than 300 sq.ft, use additional air movers and dehumidifiers.

Helpful Hints

1. Record flood damage with photos to assist with insurance claims.
2. Don’t dry out photos or important documents: place them in a plastic bag and store them in the fridge until you can get them to a specialist.
3. Wash taps and let them run for a while before use.
4. Don’t panic. Contact your Citizens Advice Bureau, they will be able to advise you further.


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Gareth Lucy

Gareth is Head of Brand & Communications at HSS Hire Group, writing about company news, promotional campaigns, sponsorships and corporate initiatives.


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