During torrential rains and large floods, many people are affected and there can be telephone queues. The consequence of a changing climate and deficiencies in the technical systems can be that water penetrates into the property, through basement windows, garage doors, and similar openings as well as through the foundation wall. Many property owners testify to rain coming “from the side”, which leads to increased stress on facades.
Extreme downpours can stress sewer systems and backflowing water can create basement flooding and sewage flooding. As a result of water intrusion, the risk of moisture damage, mold and rot can also increase, as well as frost damage on stone facades. The humid conditions can also affect the indoor climate with increased microbial growth, for example in the form of mold. The maintenance requirement for facades and roofs is increasing. Materials and constructions that already have problems with moisture and mold today may become even more vulnerable in the future.
Distribution of responsibility in case of floods
The property owner is responsible for paying for clean-up and repair in connection with flooding in the property caused by faults, stops, or overloads in the property’s pipes.
Your home insurance covers some damages that may occur. Contact your insurance company about what is included in your particular insurance.
You can do this in case of flooding
Important to remember:
- Water is a conductor of electricity so turn off electricity in flooded areas if possible.
- Be careful about hygiene if you have been in contact with sewage.
- Seal roofs, windows, doors, and other openings such as cracks in basement floors and roofing felt.
- Install flood protection in basements, for example in the form of a shut-off floor drain, backwater protection, and check valves on drains.
- Take into account increased amounts of rain when choosing material and color type for surface treatment of facades and windows.
- Build roofs over basement stairs and garage doors. Protect brick facades by increasing the eaves.
- Check that the ventilation is sufficient if the house becomes denser. If necessary, increase the capacity or install a dehumidifier.
Start by doing this
- Try to stop the water from entering by building dams at the doors with towels. Walk around the house and check for blocked drains. Fix whatever is stopping you if possible.
- If the water is coming in via the floor drain, you can put a towel in the floor drain and hold it in place with something really heavy.
- Try to throw the water with a bucket as much as you can. Contact the Flood Damage Restoration Perth for help with pumping out water if there are large amounts of water.
- Be careful when the water recedes. The property may be undermined and foundations may have been damaged. It can be dangerous to stay on the property due to the risk of race.
- Clean and disinfect everything that has been in contact with the water.
Contacting the best flood damage restoration Perth service provider is the best way to deal with the flood and molds