Every year we enter cyclone season preparing for anything from a catagory 1 to a catagory 5 - but we always seen to forget to prepare for the aftermath and recovery.
Part of the clean-up and recovery includes various cyclone recovery equipment, some of which insurance companies insist on!
After a recent flooding at a company I use to work for, they placed a claim for carpet replacement. The assesor visited the site and reported that their should be an effort to recovery the carpet by use of air blowers - aka carpet dryers in conjunction with dehumidifiers.
Not surprisingly some insurance companies forgo these requirements and just process the claim, especially after a major cyclone event - so why should you be concerned?
Consider this - your entire home has been wind and water affected, now holding excessive moisture in every part from top to bottom. You obviously wish to clean-up and move back in to your storm damaged home.
Now it doesn't matter what type of house you live in, wooden floor, tiled, laminate, even a solid concrete slab - the methods remain the same.
After the obvious cleaning of the external surface, usually with a steamer of disinfectant based cleaned, the material itself needs to be thoroughly dried otherwise you are setting your self up for another disaster - MOLD!
Well, as per above, first is the clean-up, next is the steralization (disinfectant or bleaching) followed by intensive drying and moisture removal. A concrete slab home will require each room to have a blower run for a minimum of 48 hours - sometimes taking more than 7 days depending on the damage and moisture content.
While the times may be less, every other type of flooring must have the same attention paid to removing the wettness. A good place to start is running an air blower in the crawl space or basement below the floor and in some cases, in the attic or roof space if water levels rose above the floor line.
Using a blower is only part of the drying process and will quickly remove the initial excess water on the surface or contained within the exterior layers of the material. A blower circulates the air at high speed to assist in the evaporation process.
As a part of the total repair and recovery of your storm damaged home, it is essential a dehumidifier is used for a MINIMUM or 6 months AFTER the event - and if you live in a high moisture area, it may be wise to install a commercial dehumidifer to run daily on a timer indefinitely.
What this will do is continue to draw out to moisture remaining in the wood or concrete to stop rising damp and mold occurring which could be devastating to both your home and health. A dehumidifier works by removing excess moisture to the ambient air - regardless of the temperature.
So while you may have a monumental task ahead, now you can go about the cyclone recovery process a little more knowledgable and with the right tools for the best outcome.