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Emergency Flood Restoration: What to Do After a Flood

kleenit-flood-restoration December 07, 2021

Flooding is one of those things you never think will happen to you, but water
damage is more common than you think. We provide flood cleaning services to
commercial and residential properties that have experienced water damage
regularly.

Whether it’s a burst pipe, appliance malfunction or heavy rainfall, flooding can
cause irreparable damage to the structure of your building. Depending on the
severity, your home or business may need anything from carpet cleaning to
structural repairs.

Types of water damage restoration

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), there are
three categories of water damage. The IICRC-500 industry-standard sets these out
as:

Category One: Clean water damage, such as from a broken/running tap or broken
plumbing supply line.

Category Two: Greywater damage where the water may contain contaminants or
chemicals that would cause discomfort or health issues to occupants, including an
appliance leaking, broken fish tank, or rainwater leaking through the roof.

Category Three: Blackwater damage is anything likely to contain pathogens, such
as a sewage back-up and overflow, or water from watercourses (in the case of
flooded rivers or lakes).

No matter the category of your flooding, it’s wise to act as soon as possible to
avoid further damage, illness, and mould growth. The best thing to do is to call
emergency flood cleanup immediately.

What to do when your property is flooded

1. Take immediate action
Leaving a flood for too long will likely cause damage. It’s best to call an emergency
flood response company immediately.

2. Put safety first
Turn off electricity at the meter box. You may need to call an electrician to isolate
any affected power points and light switches.

3. Prepare for insurance
Your flood cleanup may be covered by insurance. Our team will partner with your
insurance company to restore your property.

4. Move items and ventilate
While you wait for the flood response team, move any wet items into a dry area to
prevent further damage.

Flood cleaning services

Beyond the ‘soggy carpet’ that comes to mind most when thinking of flooding,
moisture can become trapped between wall coverings and inside plaster walls,
creating damp environments that spur mould growth.

Water damage cleanup requires specialist equipment to get into hard to reach
places and restore your property.

Kleenit provides the following services:

Drying
We use specialist drying equipment to remove the moisture from within the
structure to prevent mould growth.

Carpet water damage
We dry the carpet weave and underlay, as well as pull up all the carpet to pressure
clean the floor below.

Mould removal/remediation
Kleenit implements chemical mould treatments, including air scrubbers so mould
won’t spread further.

Sewage cleanup and biohazard
We’re certified in waste-water removal and use commercial-grade chemicals. We
also sanitise your building to remove bacteria, allergens and prevent mould
growth.

Air Quality Control
We take on odour control by drying areas thoroughly and applying odour
suppressants.

Restoration equipment hire
Do you want to get the job done yourself? You can hire dehumidifiers, fans and air
scrubbers—restoration equipment that will get the job done.

Thermal imaging
We make sure no unseen damp spots remain by using thermal imaging and
penetrative moisture assessment probe.

Emergency flood restoration

The Kleenit water damage cleanup team has the equipment and experience to get
your residential or commercial property back in shape fast. Choose WA’s experts in
flood remediation.

Got a flooding issue? Call Kleenit on 1800 255 336.