Cleanup After Flood Damage

 

Flood restoration is essentially the process of making the land safe again for future living, removing the water, and disinfecting the entire property. There are many steps that you can take immediately in the aftermath of flooding to minimize the hazards:

Prior to flood water damage, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to move any valuable belongings and furniture from the floor, do so. If not, take all items off the floor, hang them up in a room or on a dry surface, and begin drying. After the immediate danger of flood restoration has passed, you’ll need to focus on mold removal. Mold has a tendency to grow after the water has seeped into a property’s interior. By removing as much moisture as possible, you limit the growth of mold and ensure that it doesn’t spread.

Once the flood water damage has been contained, contact an air mover or professional flood company. Air movers are specially trained to remove water and preserving the materials it touches. Depending on the severity of the flooding, the air movers may use heat or pressurized air to get rid of the water. A solitaire might need to be removed from the building temporarily as the movers prepare the flooded area. The solitaire is most likely to need temporary shelter once it’s relocated, so it’s important to protect it while the movers are doing their job. Movers will often provide protection for the solitaire with a blanket and other supplies, but it’s always a good idea to designate an individual to take care of the solitaire during the flood restoration process.

Once the flood waters have receded and the dry land has been restored to normal activity, it’s time to begin the process of flood damage restoration. Dewatering the area is an essential step, but it won’t stop all damage. Water extraction from damaged structures is crucial, but the extent of the damage and the amount of time until drying will affect the type of system used to remove the water. In many cases, it’s best to have the entire structure raised off the ground during the flood. This allows it to be protected from further water damage and potential mold problems. Once the structure has been elevated, drywall insulation can be applied to keep moisture from entering the room.

Once the interior drywall is in place, you can begin to repair any physical damage caused by the flood. If the damage is extensive, it’s advisable to consult a professional flood damage restoration service. These companies usually specialize in repairing flood-damaged buildings. Some damage may require completely replacing portions of the building. In order to prevent future problems, these companies also recommend that appropriate water shut-off valves be installed in all areas of the building.

After the initial clean-up efforts are complete, the floodwaters should be dried through sewage cleanup. If sewage cleanup cannot be completed on your own, a water restoration company should be consulted. Water damage can often be a serious threat to health and the environment if it is not properly handled. It is important to contact a water restoration company as soon as possible following a sewage backup.

When the source of the sewage backup is determined, a flood damage repair technician will next assess the severity of the flooding. If the flood originated from a septic tank, a full sewage clean-up of any affected structures should be done before beginning the flood damage restoration process. If the flood originated from another source, additional clean-up actions should be taken. These include: cleaning out the drainage system to eliminate the contaminated areas and prevent future buildup of contaminants. Sealing all cracks and tiny spaces around the affected building is also an effective method for preventing water migration into other areas of the building.

If the full-scale restoration process has been successfully completed, then the area should be covered with thick plastic sheeting to prevent the spread of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can create health problems in susceptible people. For this reason, it is especially important that no one is able to get into the affected areas after the cleanup process has been completed. Floodwaters left unchecked can also carry dangerous chemicals and parasites that can be harmful or fatal to humans if exposed. All individuals involved in flood water damage cleanup should wear rubber gloves and masks at all times. These may seem like relatively small things, but if personal health and the environment are at stake, these safety precautions are crucial.

DRURY (ST. JOHN) ANGLICAN CHURCH CEMETERY

DRURY (ST. JOHN) ANGLICAN CHURCH CEMETERY WAR GRAVE

Click on poppy for photograph and details KEEN, LEONARD KNOX

TUAKAU CEMETERY

TUAKAU CEMETERY
FRANKLIN DISTRICT, NEW ZEALAND

Location:

This cemetery is situated on Alexandra Redoubt Road, Tuakau. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war and 1 of the 1939-1945 war here.

Chiplin’s grave is in the centre of the above photo.
Alexandra Redoubt is at the top of the hill in the background. This was a battle ground during the N.Z. Maori Wars and on this site a Victoria Cross was won.

World War 1: 

Photo

Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death

12/3956 Private CHIPLIN, THOMAS WALTER Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 18/11/1919
World War 2: 

Photo

Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death

1/14/69 Lance Corporal RIVERS, JOHN WILLIAM N.Z. Military Forces 21/09/1940

WAIUKU PUBLIC CEMETERY

WAIUKU PUBLIC CEMETERY
FRANKLIN DISTRICT, NEW ZEALAND

Location:

This cemetery is situated at the ‘Y’ junction, formed by Hull Road, Colombo Road and George Street, Waiuku. There are 3 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 3 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1:
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
32050 Private OLDFIELD, JOHN Auckland Regiment 10th November 1920
90747 Private COWLEY, THOMAS CANNELL N.Z. Training Unit 6th November 1918
32077 Private SAULBREY, CHARLES WILLIAM SKATES N.Z. Training Unit 15th August 1916
World War 2:
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
1B/26615 Captain MAYHEAD, REGINALD N.Z. Military Forces 30th June 1943
1/14/92 Trooper TILT, JOHN PATRICK HENRY N.Z. Military Forces 21st September 1940
416678 Aircraftman 2nd Class WRIGHT, EVERARD NEWLYN Royal New Zealand Air Force 6th December 1942

BIRKENHEAD ANGLICAN CEMETERY

BIRKENHEAD ANGLICAN CEMETERY WAR GRAVES

TROWERN, HAROLD CLARENCE 31193 Private
LLEWELYN, JACK 285765 Private
LENNON, ARTHUR PATRICK 4/1024 Lance Corporal
NUTSEY, EMILY AMY 22/40
38554
WW1 – Staff Nurse
WW2 – Matron-in-Chief

BOMBAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CEMETERY

BOMBAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CEMETERY
FRANKLIN DISTRICT, NEW ZEALAND

Location:

Bombay is situated off the SH 1, near Pokeno, and the Presbyterian Church Cemetery is at the junction of the Bombay and Ramarama Roads and Portsmouth Road, Bombay. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war and 2 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1

Photo Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death

45487 Private DEEBLE, WILLIAM Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 09/11/1918

World War 2

Photo Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death
403542 Leading Aircraftman BEST, MAURICE SYDNEY Royal New Zealand Air Force 06/12/1940
1554 Stoker FLETCHER, JENNINGS DOUGLAS MARSHALL Royal New Zealand Navy 08/02/1941

BOMBAY (ST. PETER’S IN THE FOREST) ANGLICAN CHURCH CEMETERY

BOMBAY (ST. PETER’S IN THE FOREST) ANGLICAN CHURCH CEMETERY
FRANKLIN DISTRICT, NEW ZEALAND

Location:

  

Bombay is off the SH 1, near Pokeno. Approximately 2 kilometres from the Bombay Motorway (SH 1) turnoff, towards Bombay, there is a sharp right angle bend with the church located on the lower (left hand) side of the road.  There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war here.

World War 1:
Photo Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death
48692 Private WOOTTEN, ARCHIBALD JOHN Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 20 Nov 1918