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Flood water can severely damage buildings, particularly if flooding is prolonged and the water is deep. Before entering a property that has been flooded, check first for structural damage. If in any doubt, seek expert advice from a surveyor or your insurance company.
Even if the flood water has subsided, be aware that there still may be hazards. These may include heavy deposits of contaminated sludge, debris and sediment. Walls and doors might suddenly collapse and heavy objects may have moved and become unstable.
This is a specialist operation. Good ventilation is essential. Keep windows and doors open on dry days. Be aware that drying out can take weeks, sometimes months to complete. Redecorating or repair work cannot take place until this is complete. Do not let rogue builders complete repairs as this may cause more damage than you had in the first place.