Flood Damage Update

It has been 3 months since the January floods and there is still a lot of flood damage work going on. This will continue over the next few years. Yes that’s right, a few years, because insurance assessors still haven’t been able to get out to some properties.

The mud army did a fabulous job of cleaning up the bulk mess, but it is imperative you get qualified people to do the detailed cleaning work. This entails jet pressure cleaning of the inside and the frame work of your house once the plasterers have removed the sheeting, then applying an anti-microbial treatment which sanitises the area and prevents mould growth and finally putting in commercial drying fans to make sure the areas are at the legal dried level of 15%. As professionals we do a thorough job and inspect regularly to make sure the moisture levels are where they should be. No job is left unfinished.

I know many people who had flood damage have been leaving the wood to dry naturally, if you have done this, please make sure you are getting the wood moisture levels checked before the plasterers do the re-sheeting, the dry level you’re looking for is around the 15%.

If you don’t have insurance and have to pay for this out of your own pocket, I can’t stress enough how imperative it is that you still get this done professionally as this will save you money later on down the track. You could be looking at thousands of dollars in 6 to 12 months time if your property wasn’t cleaned by professionals as it will only be a matter of time before the mould starts to grow and the wood rots due to lack of detailed cleaning, which means all the builders will have to be called back as well. You’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t pay the smaller professional cleaning costs up front.

This is all ‘food for thought’, if you had flood damage to your property and are in this situation please contact us on 1800 00 1010 for advice. We are here to help and provide the best possible service to accommodate your needs. For more information please check out our website here.