Fixing Flood Damage
Fixing Flood Damage

Flood damage can be really expensive. You can fix flood damage properly and cheaply in the long-term if the appropriate steps are taken. The first step to take is to assess all of the damage done to your property. This can be done either by yourself or by a professional. Floods often damage; roofs, walls, cause cracks and displacement. These damages should be checked and assessed by a professional.  Here are some of the issues you will have to deal with when drying out and fixing your home.

Brickwork

Damage done to brickwork can be severe and may take a long time to fix. Bricks dry about the rate of an inch a month. The best method for drying brickwork is natural evaporation. However, old bricks may deteriorate and you may have to repair or buy new bricks. Wet bricks are easily damaged by frost and can even crack. Bricks shrink as they dry due to the water evaporating. They can also crack. If this happens, fill them if it is possible. Before repainting the brickwork, make sure the bricks are fully dry.

Wall Coverings

Wet wallpaper or wall coverings should be removed. They will slow down the drying process and can cause the rotting of timber. Redecorating should be done after at least 3 months after repairs are finished. If redecorating too early, it may result in mold or peeling.

Windows

Flooding can damage windows by breaking down the edge of the seal in double glazing windows. Mud and water may get stored in door frames and hollow windows. Single glazing will not be largely affected. All windows should be cleaned as well as the locks and hinges. They should also be oiled to avoid corrosion. Sash windows may be distorted by flood damages. They will dry out and swelling of the wood will reduce. They might return to normal.

Electrical Systems

You should get a qualified electrician to repair any electrical systems or components. The electricity to the property must be turned off until the checks are done. Water or moisture may be trapped in junction boxes, sockets and in the case of heavy flooding, light switches. The wiring of many modern day homes can withstand the damage of flooding for short periods of time but not long periods. If the wiring has been in the water for too long, the wiring will need to be replaced. Electrical equipment will need to be dried thoroughly and checked by a professional. You do not want to lose a hand or an expensive tool.

Flooding should be taken seriously, even if it is not a severe case. For electrical work, a professional should be used to determine the safety of the products as well as roofs, walls, cracks and displacements.