Precautionary Measures When Repairing Your Flood Damaged Home

Floods are often one of the biggest headaches for property owners in Queensland. But while the entire process can take time, owners can definitely do something so their home can return to its previous condition or even look like new.

And although most owners would usually want to start the remedial work immediately, our team at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections suggests you take the necessary safety precautions before getting any repairs started.

Before even touching or removing any parts of your house, have the structure inspected by licensed professionals. This will allow you to have a clear understanding of the extent of damage and the amount and type of remedial work that will be required.

Furthermore, having professionals evaluate the damage will keep you safe from unseen problems that may cause hazards, such as electrical issues, or damaged ceilings and walls that could cause accidents. Our two-man team from Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections will go through the entire property, carefully investigating and documenting every detail we get about the damages in your property.

Steps to a Complete Repair

Dry out wet furniture and materials

Once the water has receded and an inspector has evaluated the condition of your home, you can begin moving any wet furniture or materials that you can take out for drying. Depending on the material, the drying of furniture can take a while. You can leave items outside the house, under the sun every day. It will also help if doors and windows of the house are left open to allow the interiors to dry much quicker.

Throw away damaged items that can no longer be used or repaired

Items such as stored food and rubbish that were drenched in the floods should be taken out and thrown away to avoid contamination and spreading of moulds or bacteria in the house. Some construction materials may also be easily damaged and rotten after being soaked in water and must then be thrown out.

Allow the structure to dry up before replacing wall linings, floorboards and ceiling coverings

It can take months for the interiors to completely dry up, so replacement of floorboards, ceiling coverings and wall linings should not be started until then. Doing otherwise will attract mould build up and even make the materials more vulnerable to damage.

Let a professional handle repairs that need to be undertaken by qualified persons

For the repair and replacement of electrical wiring and plumbing fixtures, a qualified individual should be called. Unless you are licensed to do so, you should never attempt to do the repair yourself.