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Emergency flood restoration: What to do after a flood

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.