All Aces Services has recently been inundated with phone calls related to water damage because of the heavy rainfall in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast that resulted in flooded homes and businesses. Many homes and businesses where caught off guard due to heavy rainfall. As a home or business owner in Southeast Queensland, you should know how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding.
When flooding is imminent
If you are aware that a flooding is imminent in your area, there are important things you can do to avoid costly damage and health risks:
Clean your gutters, downspouts, and drains of debris to allow water to flow freely.
Take your furniture and electronic equipment to a higher floor.
Remove your area rugs, if this is possible, and store them on a higher floor. This will reduce the chance of having them damaged by water.
Make sure to inspect sump pumps and drains if they are in perfect working condition.
Turn off electrical service if there’s a chance that your electrical system and outlets may be submerged in water.
Make sure to place your appliances like washers, dryers, and stoves in a place that won’t be reached by water or at least above the projected flood elevation.
If there are cracks in your walls or foundation, seal them properly.
You may want to consider installing backflow valves. These can come handy when you want to prevent water from flowing in your property through sewage lines.
Make sure to have an emergency preparedness kit and flood evacuation plan for your home or business property.
During the flooding
Stay on the alert for any flood updates. Monitor radio and TV stations.
If local officials advise to evacuate your area, then evacuate immediately and safely. Follow their instructions.
If you notice that the water starts to rise around your property, evacuate to a higher floor or ground, even if officials have not advised evacuation.
As you proceed to the evacuation area, be mindful of washed-out roads, flooded areas, and downed power lines. You should not attempt to drive over a flooded area. Find another route.
Recovery after the flood
When water has receded and it’s safe to go back to your home or business, you should disconnect all electrical equipment and move it to a safe and dry location.
Try to remove as much standing water as possible from your property.
You should remove damaged materials immediately.
If the air is not moist outside, allow it to come in by opening your windows. You can use ventilators or dehumidifiers to dry out your property.
By responding quickly to water damage, you can have a better chance of salvaging usable items and reduce the chance of rust and mould growth.
Call a professional Brisbane water damage restoration company like All Aces Services to help you with the recovery from a flooded home or business.