How To Restore Your Home After A Flood

Posted on: 22 December 2014

After you have removed the moisture from your home following a flood, there are many parts of your home that you will need to take steps to restore. With the help of the right water damage restoration professionals and the right technology, you can bring your home back to normal.

Restoring Documents

When your personal possessions have been damaged in a flood, you can attempt to have these possessions restored with one of several methods. Many homeowners assume that books, papers and documents must be thrown away. But this is rarely the case. Desiccant air dry systems are the most effective way to restore water damaged documents. This system drys the air surrounding the object. Then, the moisture found within the object is able to evaporate naturally. Vacuum freeze drying has a similar effect, but also tends to leave the object warped. To prevent the object from being warped, the air vacuum will need to be distributed evenly throughout the chamber.

Checking Moisture Levels

When you perform necessary remedial work on your home, you will need to make sure that the remedial work complies with all building codes. Also, you will need to make sure that the remedial work is carried out after the moisture levels have been brought down to a suitable level. A moisture meter can be used to make sure that the moisture has fallen to the appropriate level. Overall, the amount of moisture should be less than 20 percent. Also, the amount of moisture for plasterboard should be below 12 percent.

Inspecting Utilities

You will need to inspect all of your utilities. Before the electricity can be used, you will need to have an electrician inspect your entire home to look at many of the socket outlets, light switches and junction boxes. It is likely that your outlets will need to be replaced. Modern wiring can often resist flooding for an hour or so, but the wires will still need to be inspected. If you have a gas line, you will need to have it checked because water can enter the gas systems. Appliances that seem to be functioning properly can be potentially dangerous.

Let your water supply run for a few minutes before using the water because silt can sometimes get into the water main. The pipes might also be damaged through corrosion caused by the flooding, so make sure that you have all of the pipes inspected before using your main water line. Wells are more likely to be contaminated by flooding than plumbing. The water will need to be tested to make sure that it is safe to drink.

It's difficult to recover from flooding, but many homeowners are able to restore their homes to their former states. By being systematic, you can make your home safe to live in again.