expect things to return to normal in the immediate future. Recovering buildings and property damaged by flood water can be a lengthy and specialised process.
be prepared to have your life disrupted for some time. If temporary accommodation is required you need to bear in mind that it may be your “home” or “workplace” for many months, depending on the amount and nature of the damage to your property.
Property & Buildings
(if you have appropriate insurance the information in this blog should be used in conjunction with advice from your insurer).
IF YOU ARE NOT INSURED:
be taken in by unscrupulous workmen. Because you want to get to normal as quickly as possible it is easy to agree to s seemingly cheap and immediate solution. Using inexperienced or unprofessional contractors could lead to major problems and prove very expensive.
check on a contractor’s experience and reputation. Should ensure work is supervised by properly qualified technicians who are experienced in water damage recovery and restoration.
ITEMS OF PARTICULAR PERSONAL OR SENTIMENTAL VALUE, ANTIQUES, FINE ART ,etc
assume they cannot be restored. There are many specialist restorers and conservators who can return badly damaged items to their previous condition. This includes things such as papers, photographs, certain fabrics, jewelry, ceramics, artwork, antique furniture, etc.
ask the contractor to get a specialist opinion and a cost estimate. In the case of valuable items it may be cheaper to restore than replace.
IF IN ANY DOUBT
about the ability or credentials of a company offering to deal with recovery work advice should be sought, preferably from an insurer or loss adjuster, or a competent professional, before work commences.