Flooded home? What to do first
28 April 2023
From your sink to your washing machine, there are a range of fixtures that can flood your kitchen . We hope you never experience this inconvenience, but if you do, here are some tips to help you clean up the mess
1. Turn off your water
The first step to restoring your kitchen after a flood to turn the water supply off. Typically, you can do this by shutting off the stopcock found under your kitchen sink.
2. Turn off electricity
Now that the water has stopped flowing, it’s time to ensure your safety by turning off the electricity. You can limit the volts entering your kitchen by switching off the circuit to the room on your consumer unit, which can usually be located under your stairs or near your front door. If other areas of your home are also affected, isolate the power to those rooms too.
*Important*, if you notice water around any live electrics, don’t touch it and call Places for People on 01772 667002 to book a repair.
3. Be careful with your stove
Water on your kitchen floor can affect your gas stove. Supply lines, regulators and bottom burners may all need to be replaced following a flood.
If you suspect the gas supply line to your stove has been compromised, leave your home immediately and contact National Grid gas emergency line on 0800 111 999.
4. Clean up the water
Before starting your clean up mission, remove any tables, chairs or objects that are causing an obstacle. Not only will removing these items make the cleaning process easier, but it’ll also allow for better ventilation around the room.
Check the lower cabinets for water and clean up any liquid you find. Mopping usually takes care of a flooded kitchen, but a wet vac can make the job quicker.
5. Inspect the damage
Now that you’ve successfully cleaned up the water, it’s time to access the amount of damage. Pay particular attention to drywalls and door frames, as these features tend to be more porous.
If the flood happened while you were away for several days, the stagnant water may have caused damp and mould to develop. If you notice damp or mould within your home, it’s important to notify Places for People right away if you’re our Customer, you can do this by calling 01772 667002. In the meantime, you can follow our guide on reducing condensation in your home.
6. Begin to dry out the room
Firstly, ensure all four corners of your room are well ventilated, whether that be by a window or a fan. A dehumidifier can also help speed up the drying process.
Keep your cabinet doors and drawers open and pay close attention to signs of damp and mould on your drywalls.
7. Know when to call the professionals
In some cases, drying out your flooded kitchen isn’t enough. Professional help may be needed to restore your home after a flood. If you are a Places for People Customer, you can contact our friendly help line on 01772 667002 or book a repair via our repairs form on our website.
A flooded home can be devastating, but with a few simple steps, the recovery process can be smooth sailing.
We hope these tips have proven helpful for you. Can we encourage you to check out more of our My Place content for handy home DIY tips.