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Flood Auckland and Carpet Drying Service Guide

In case there is still standing water, these flood restoration tips are better than not doing anything.

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1. Implement caution when first entering your home. 

It is practical to wear rubber boots and gloves, one of the best flood restoration tips. Please switch the electricity off at the breaker box and get all electrical appliances and extension cords up on the higher ground to dry them out. Be sure your home is structurally safe, which means looking out for broken sharp objects on the floor and anything you might trip over. Call the flood experts ASAP to dry the carpet and structure ASAP before mould and rot begins. 

2. Boil all drinking water or use bottled water. 

All drinking water should be boiled, put through a water purifier, or use bottled water. Areas that have sewage contamination should be cleaned with a solution of household bleach and water. We suggest a 25% bleach to water solution. 

3. When in doubt, throw it away. 

The other helpful flood restoration tips, toss out all water-damaged rugs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, suitcases, food, photographs and books, and adhere to your local authority guidelines for disposal. Guide for flood drying services. A lot of electrical appliances will not survive if submerged in water. Dishwashers, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners are less expensive to replace than repair. Use rubber gloves and a mask when cleaning loose debris so as not to inhale any toxic particles. 

4. Wash and dry everything as much as possible. 

Including water-soaked beddings, towels, drapes, cushions, and clothing using the hot sanitising cycle on your washing machine. Dry clean heat-sensitive textiles and put dishes through the dishwasher on the hot cycle. 

5. Get rid of the remaining water and dehumidify damp areas. 

Clean up the last standing water with a portable submersible sump pump and a wet-dry vac. Then use a high capacity, low-temperature dehumidifier to take care of the rest. An auxiliary or built-in pump makes this task a lot easier. It is important to open windows and ventilate rather than turn on the heat high [about 50°F] in the house or use fans, which is an invitation to grow mould spores and spread them around the house. Do not try to dry out the home too hurriedly because it will cause wood floors to warp and buckle if you do. Get the experts to dry the carpet properly to avoid mould surprises and long-term smell issues.

6. Clean all surfaces thoroughly. 

Wash down all surfaces, such as walls, cabinets, basement floors, including those not in direct contact with your bleach solution. Then, wipe down with clear water. Using a vapour steam cleaner on all surfaces to disinfect is an even better solution. 

7. Check for interior and structural damage. 

Jib drywall up to and 2 feet above flood restoration moisture levels on walls and remove all insulation that came in contact with floodwaters. It is imperative to do this if you want to avoid future mould problems. We have heard too many horror stories from people whose houses became infested with toxic mould – so it is not worth taking a chance and skipping this step. Replace hardwood flooring, especially all subfloors, if they have been flood-soaked. Keep ventilating with fresh air until the house is dried. Has the ductwork been professionally cleaned after the house has dried out? Flood tip: Make sure the flood restoration company uses good moisture meters to prevent mould growth later. 

8. Inspect your electrical and plumbing systems.

Have an HVAC professional inspect your electrical systems and appliances. Replace all filters and switches. Check your furnace, as burnout of the motor may be imminent. Be sure your plumbing and toilet facilities are working. These flood restoration tips are provided to you by Graeme Stephens, an IICRC 2001 Master Restoration Technician.  To help you best dry carpet flood for your home and also save on unnecessary replacement costs. For the flooded carpet drying experts, call 0800 783-266 or email Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry.

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Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.

Published: 12/08/2014 Updated: 09/09/2021

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