Your home is the largest asset you have. It protects your family from the elements and provides space to store your treasured possessions. But like any physical structure, it’s not infallible when it comes to natural disasters. Restoring your home and its contents after a fire or flood with minimal disruption is a difficult task.
Before you begin the emotional process of returning home, you need to consider safety. Obtain confirmation that the property is structurally safe to enter, even if your intention is simply to secure the building. Your utilities may have been turned off by the emergency services to prevent invisible hazards, so have them checked by a qualified professional before using them.
Stagnant flood water and soot can cause illnesses, so it’s vitally important to wear waterproof clothing and a face mask when returning to your home.
Clean up Process
Before you begin cleaning, take photos of damage to send to your insurance company, to speed up your claim. With floods, the priority is drying the home as quickly as possible to avoid mould. Excess water can be removed using buckets, although professional services may use generators and pumps to speed up the process. Specialists can also assess whether items such as carpets and vinyl flooring need replacing. These can only be submerged for around 24 hours, before mould becomes an issue. Additional restoration can be done with radiators set to 20-22 degrees to slowly dry the home.
Sooty walls can be carefully cleaned using products containing trisodium phosphate. Once cleaning is complete, you can focus on securing windows and doors by removing damaged glass panels and fixing plywood over the hole.
Organising home repairs, dealing with an insurance claim and trying to salvage your prized possessions after fire or flood is stressful. UK Commercial Group removes this burden by managing the whole process from assessment to repair, allowing you to focus on getting back to your normal routine as soon as possible.