Floods can strike at anytime and have devastating effects on communities, their residents and economies. They happen when an influx of water – due to burst water pipes, sudden rainfall or overflowing rivers and seas – submerges land that is usually dry, causing damage to homes and infrastructure.
When a flood occurs, it is important to act immediately. That’s why CRS provides an emergency flood response services, whereby we aim to be with you within less than 24 hours of your initial call. Once contact has been made, we will deploy a highly trained flood clean up team, which specialises in sanitising and drying, as well as remediating ground and water courses.
What to do before a post flood clean up
The first priority after a flood is ensuring your safety. You must not be in a property unless officials have told you that it is safe to do so. When you are allowed to return into a building, there are actions that you can take to assist with a post flood clean up before we arrive on site, such as:
- Before you enter a property, make sure you are protected. Flood water can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste so ensure you are wearing protective clothing such as wellington boots.
- Switch off your electricity supply at the mains and do not touch any outlets.
- If possible, keep your oil and gas central heating on to help with drying.
- If any mud has gathered along the walls, shovel away where possible – making sure there is no extra pressure on one side of the wall and not the other.
A post flood clean up is always something that we are saddened to be a part of but when the natural emergencies occur, we hope that we can be of essential help to communities. Give CRS a call today to discuss how we can be of assistance.