Flood Restoration

The Environment Agency states the threat of severe flooding is increasing across the UK  and we’ve seen this first hand in Boston in the floods of 2013.

The flooding of a property causes huge distress for the customer, often having to move out of their homes for the duration of the works. Personal possessions are often ruined and the property itself is considerably damaged and takes considerable finance to do the repairs.

We can help

Your Checklist In Case Of Flooding

If your home has been devastated by flooding, getting onto the insurance company to go through an immense amount of detail on the renovation, is the last thing you want to think about. However, we believe its important to know roughly what’s involved in the restoration of your property. Here is a breakdown of what may be required:

  • Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to detail the events of the flood

  • Keep a diary on damaged personal goods, damage to the property itself and your ongoing liaison with your insurance company including dates

  • Contact a local renovation specialist to go through what is required to bring your property back to its state prior to flooding. Its important to note that the insurance company may also appoint a contractor, but it is within your right to choose your own

  • Based on the estimated figure for personal possession loss and property damage, you and your insurance provider should agree a pay-out fee. To note, the contractor for the renovation may require direct payment instalments (we do)

  • Before the renovation may begin, you may be required to temporarily live elsewhere for the duration of the works. The insurance company should offer you accommodation or pay a reasonable amount towards the accommodation you request. You may also be required (if not contaminated) to find storage for personal possessions such as cabinets, sofas, washing machines and cookers, as the working area must be fully clear

What’s Involved In A Flood Restoration?

It’s also important to know the full extent of what may be required to complete the restoration as many people underestimate what is involved, as well as the time it may take. Here is a rough breakdown:

  • Removal of all necessary fixings such as kitchens, skirting boards and doors.

  • Removal of all plaster and render if required upto 500mm over the flood height.

  • Removal of floor covering (concrete with tiles may remain if not damaged). Assessment of flooring if not concrete to check for rot (on joists) – appropriate action taken.

  • Dehumidifiers placed in property to achieve a drying out certificate.

  • Once dry, full first fix of property including, new electrics, plumbing, joinery, plastering and any building works. It also important to note at the point any internal anti-flood measures can be put in place, such as raising electrical sockets, using Dryzone in render mixes and raising gas boxes.

  • A full second fix can then be done. This can also include things such as the new flooring, kitchen, doors, skirting boards, bathroom appliances and plastering. Your property can also receive a dΓ©cor finish.

  • After completion, you can move back into your home and hopefully enjoy it the same way you did prior to the flood.

Our Experience Can Make All The Difference

Since Boston flooded in 2013, we’ve completed many property restorations. If you need your property renovating as a result of a flood (or fire!) or are planning a renovation of any kind, here’s how we can help: 

  • We can liase with insurance companies with you, or on your behalf, to arrange suitable renovation agreements. We can also help you to not get ripped off by your insurance company. On countless occasions, we’ve succeeded in helping customers get the payouts legally required by their insurance companies.

  • We have all the insurances in place required to renovation your property, including public liability insurance and a range of RAMS and COSHH documents available.

  • We always obtain a drying out certificate from the company that provides dehumidifiers. Many companies complete the renovation without this vital process, which results in damp and mould materialising within weeks.

We have teams of dedicated contractors who we use to get your property back to the way it was, including: all electric works, all plumbing works, all building works, all plastering works, all joinery works (including your kitchenbathroom and doors) and all finishing/decoration works.