The Office of Public Works recently published a guide to restoring your home or business from the recent floods in Ireland. We suppose that almost a month after the disaster the initial restoring works like cleaning are already done, but if you still struggle with the longest process of all – drying you place, then we can help you. Here is a short guide to how to deal with remaining water or moisture in your home or business building.
Air circulation is the best way to dry out a property and clear the air inside. Be patient and make sure the property is completely dry before you move back in.
Some Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home.
- Do ensure your house is secure.
- Do unblock airbricks and vents.
- Do wash your hands with disinfectant if you came into direct contact with water.
- Do check external walls and the roof for structural damage before entering a property.
- Don’t attempt to turn on any services until they have been checked by an expert.
- Don’t attempt to move any heavy or unstable objects by yourself – get help.
Drying the property:
- You can allow your property to dry naturally, but that can take months. Forcing the drying process can speed it up so that it only takes a number of weeks. Whatever way you choose to dry your property, make sure that the moisture trapped within the structure of the property is removed. Sometimes the walls may feel dry on the outside but they are still damp internally. If in doubt get a professional in to ensure that your property is completely dry.
- If your heating has been tested by a professional and is certified safe to use, it can be turned on to help dry the house. Keep the temperature at around 20 to 22 degrees celcius. Excessive temperatures should be avoided as rapid heating may lead to cracking of plaster work, etc.
- Be aware that temperature alone will not dry your property. Air circulation and humidity are critical factors to consider.
- Good ventilation is essential so keep windows and doors open during good weather and ajar during wet weather.
- If you are using a dehumidifier leave external windows and doors closed, especially during wet weather.
If you haven’t still contacted you insurance company for a claim settlement, you can always first refer to an expert loss assessors company like Clearys Loss Assessors. Hence, you might get an additional advice and guidance for obtaining a better settlement.