28 April, 2022
Cold, wet and overwhelmed?
6 Steps to removing excess water from your flood-damaged home/building
The current floods and threat of yet
more rain to come has left many folk across KZN and Eastern Cape
overwhelmed and anxious. Some flood victims are homeless, whilst others,
a week later, are still dealing with water-logged buildings and
For those struggling to remove excess,
standing water in hard-to-reach places like basements and bedrooms,
Johan Kruger, Husqvarna South Africa's National Sales Manager offers
some sage advice. "Being prepared is half the victory. So, regardless of
whether you have a water-logged room from this recent hundred-year
flood or if you just want to be better prepared for a future plumbing
malfunction, there are six steps to getting the water out as soon as
Johan shares the 6 important steps to removing excess water from your flood-damaged home/building:
Step 1: The first
thing to do is turn off (and disconnect if possible) electricity points
that are affected BEFORE you go anywhere near the water. Risk of
electrocution is real.
Step 2: Ensure that you put on protective gear like gumboots and rubber gloves if possible.
Step 3: Take a few
pics; these may be required by insurance. Document the source of the
flooding i.e.: where the water came in, as well as what was affected
e.g.: furnishings and floor coverings.
Step 4: Remove the
loose furniture, wooden items first. Most wood, but particularly
reconstituted wood products (like chipboard or laminated wood) swell
when they come into contact with water. Place these in a dry spot.
Step 5: If the water
has not been able to drain out of the affected spaces, it should be
removed as quickly as possible. Husqvarna water pumps are perfect for
this and are affordable and easy to use. In fact, the entry-level water
pump will remove up to 12000 litres per hour. There are bigger units
that can obviously take on bigger volumes and distances. If you have no
use for a water pump other than to pump out the excess water, consider
hiring one from hire outlets like Talisman.
- Using the pump is as simple as
putting the inlet pipe in the water and the outlet pipe where you want
the water to go. Remember to prime the pump by opening the small cap on
top of the pump housing and pouring water into it. Make sure there's
fuel in the tank (they are all incredibly fuel-efficient) and start.
- Once the water is out, the cleaning
can start. If a lot of debris and soil came in with the water, this will
be a manual process. If flooring, like carpets, has to be removed
anyway, consider loosening them around the edges and rolling the dirt up
in them; thereby removing the dirt and damaged flooring simultaneously.
Remember to keep taking pics in case your Insurer asks for evidence.
Consider washing the walls and floors with a disinfectant to combat any
nasties that could have come in with the water.
Step 6: To dry the floors and walls you can use heaters, fans or even a Husqvarna leaf blower.
"We cannot fight against nature, but
we can always fight against the circumstances we are surrounded with.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the recent
floods," concludes Johan.