Carpet Drying Checklist
The Mitigation Phase
Prior to a flood, there are actions that you can take to diminish damage:
- Have a professional assess your property for high risk areas. Identifying these low lying areas gives you an indication of where sandbags will be helpful to prevent flooding on your property.
- Make sure fuel tanks located above ground are well anchored. This will prevent them from floating away in the event of a flood.
- Consider dry and/or wet flood proofing your property.
- Dry flood proofing prevents flood waters from entering a building.
- Wet flood proofing allows waters to enter the building but minimizes the damage to the interior.
- Install flood warning systems to notify the building’s occupants of potential danger.
- Consider purchasing a generator for outdoor use only. Keep generators away from air intakes into the building and do not use them in any attached building, such as garages.
- Install check valves in sewer traps or catch basins to prevent the unwanted back flow of sewer water up through the trap while permitting the down flow of water through the trap and into the sewer.
- Develop a plan of action in the event of a flood and make sure all of the property’s occupants are informed of the procedures.
The Preparation Phase
When a flood is imminent, there are specific steps to take to ensure proper protection for your property:
- Obtain the necessary materials for sandbags and create a plan for their strategic placement around your property.
- Secure or bring in outdoor furniture and other items.
- Stock up on clean water and other necessities.
- If evacuating the building, turn off all utilities including electric, natural gas and the main water supply.
- Place important documents, computer equipment as well as other valuables in a designated “flood safe” area.
Time of the Essence for Flood Restoration Checklist
In any event, why is it necessary to act quickly? Comparatively, while each case is unique, most water damage which occurs typically follows a similar pattern. To illustrate the importance of addressing the flooding emergency as quickly as possible, here is what typically occurs over time:
Less Than An Hour
- Firstly, moving water quickly spreads to other areas.
- Furniture may stain carpet permanently.
- Moisture-sensitive furniture may discolor.
- Paper goods are ruined.
- Furniture may swell. Legs can split.
- Pressed wood swells and begin to disintegrate.
- Bacterial odor becomes apparent.
- Non coated metal surfaces can tarnish.
- Normal household odors and smells begin to strengthen.
- Microbial growth may appear. Also accompanied by a musty odor.
- Musical instruments swell and warp.
- Drywall swells and disintegrates.
- Non coated metal surfaces start to show signs of rust.
- Door and window casings will swell and distort.
- Wood decking and studs begin to split.
- Electronic components may malfunction.
- Occupants with respiratory problems may experience distress.
One Week and Longer
- Microbial growth may appear. This is also accompanied by a damp smell.
- Wood components can both warp and split.
- Chemicals with in the wood dissolve, discolor.
- Claim costs also start to escalate dramatically.
- Serious occupant health hazards may occur.
- We also recommend a Meth Test
Flood Auckland providing this flood restoration checklist has proudly been providing the professional flood drying services since 1987.