Essential Safety Tips For Carrying Out A Flood Cleanup
Floods can be devastating for business, even when covered by a comprehensive insurance policy. A flood cleanup can take several weeks or even months as the flood waters can cause extensive damage to the building and its contents including walls, floors, electrical equipment, safety devices and storage. The humidity will increase the risk from bacteria and viruses, which can grow quickly in damp conditions. Many appliances and fixtures and fittings will need to be removed and replaced. There are health and safety issues to deal with including the safety of the building structure, risk of electrocution, risk of fire and explosions from gas leaks as well as health risks from contaminated water and residues.
Inform your insurance company and take professional advice. Building and equipment inspections will need to be carried out to establish the extent of the damage and the requirements for restoration. Insurance companies may appoint specialist a contractor who will be responsible for securing the site and for the required safety measures including personal protective equipment. There are many dangers to consider with electrocution being a major factor. Do not take risks by entering the property until it has been inspected.
When safe to do so, make a record of all damaged property and take photographs. Much of the damage will be apparent and simple to document and photograph, However, there will be items that will come to light as the flood cleanup progresses. Some of this may not have been considered at the time of the flood and can include ducting, pipework, electrical wiring, sub floor structures etc. Notify the loss adjusters as new damaged property is identified.
Once the flood waters and damaged property and appliances have been removed, the cleanup can begin. This will require the use of suitable chemicals and materials to remove bacteria. Measures will be required to remove damp by providing ventilation and using appliances such as dehumidifiers. Plasterboard walls are likely to require replacement and this can be a slow process as carrying out this work too quickly can cause cracks. Here is a list of points to consider that may be of help. CountyClean Environmental Services has a wealth of experience in dealing with emergency flood response including sewerage systems, drains, culverts and tunnels. In addition they are licensed waste carriers and a UK Spill Contractor Accredited company who can clear flood-waters and provide advice and services to business and property owners who have suffered from flooding and believe they require support, advice and works following a flood. Should you have any questions, need advice or require an emergency response, please contact us on our 24 hour response line: 0800 171 2204.