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How to clean up after flood damage

Frozen pipes can result in flood damage should they burst as they thaw, here's some top tips for water damage repair and flood cleanup.


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Flood damage from burst water pipes or a faulty washing machine can leave a mess behind. Being aware of signs indicating you have frozen pipes and having tips for flood cleanup and water damage repair will help set you up for any unfortunate accidents happening in your home.

The easiest flood cleanup method is to get professional help. Meanwhile, using products like can help to eliminate germs that can spread in stagnant water. But make sure to test any new product on a small area before use and read the instructions carefully.

Three signs you have frozen water pipes

  1. You can see frost on the pipe. If you can actively see the pipe, such as under sinks, you can check to see if frost has accumulated on the outside.

  2. You don’t have water coming from the tap. A lack of running water, whether there’s a trickle of water or no water at all, could mean the pipe leading to it is frozen.

  3. You can smell strange odours. A blocked pipe can cause odd smells to come from your taps or drains.

Two reasons frozen pipes can cause trouble

Frozen water pipes can be inconvenient but also dangerous if they’re not carefully cared for. Two ways they could be troublesome in your property are:

  1. The inability to access running water. Everyone depends on having water in everyday life, so frozen pipes can mean that you don’t have access to clean, running water, and you’re unable to do everyday tasks such as wash and clean.

  2. If a pipe bursts, it can cause major damage to your property. Flood damage can cause irreparable damage to important things in your home as well incur expensive flood clean-up

What do you do if you have a water pipe burst in house?

Here are some top tips for the immediate aftermath of a burst pipe, flood or other water damage.

  • Act quickly. The quicker you act, the less damage there will be left behind.

  • Keep your home well ventilated. This will help you avoid the growth of mould.

  • Assess the damage to your home and furniture. Some items that are beyond repair will need to be disposed of.

  • Ensure your home is thoroughly dry before making any repairs. Patching up your home over the top of damp can lead to dry rot or structural damage.

Four top tips for water damage repair

Water damage repair can be a long process, from removing the water to cleaning up the mess left behind. Four ways you can speed up the process and get your home back to normal are:

  1. Consider renting a large capacity dehumidifier to speed up the drying out process, and ensure no damp is left behind.

  2. Take special care to seek out any signs of mould as some types are toxic to humans, and all are damaging to anything they infest.

  3. Focus on ceiling repairs first.

  4. If the damage is severe, consider hiring a professional to repair the damage.

Although you can protect your home with water pipe insulation and washing machine/dishwasher maintenance, sometimes unfortunate events lead to accidents in your home. When you’re dealing with the mess left behind by flood damage, keep these tips for flood cleanup and water damage repair in mind.

  • Protect your home with regular maintenance and water pipe insulation.

  • Always work quickly in the event of any water damage or frozen pipes to prevent further issues.

  • Use products like or to keep your home free from germs during any post flood cleanup.

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