Flood clean-up and repair information posted March 2011
Restoring a house after Flood Damage – Where to Start?
The devastating floods in Queensland have left many people keen to return home to check the extent of water damage to their house, start the clean-up and if possible restore their home so they can move back. But - where to start?
Boral provides information compiled by industry bodies such as BRANZ, AWCI (Association of wall and ceiling industries of Queensland|) and AFTA (Australian Timber Flooring Association) about returning to and repairing flood damaged homes. Important information such as; when is a house safe to return to? Once you have returned – what to do first? And how to ensure your house is safe during the clean-up.
The clean-up after a flood
When cleaning flood damage inside the house – it helps to know what to remove, destroy, salvage and clean and how to clean wet timber floors, plasterboard walls, timber framing etc; and what should be replaced or cleaned, decontaminated and checked before reusing? eg. electrical outlets, wiring, stoves, heaters, toilets, central heating.
BRANZ provide advice, on cleaning up outside the house – cleaning brick surfaces, weatherboards, fibre-cement, how to clean under the floor of the house, how to dry out the house and how to know if wet walls, floorboards etc are able to be saved or if they need to be removed and replaced.
And finally - when is it ok to start repairs? Redecorating? Boral can help with building products and information on how to replace plasterboard walls and ceilings, repair timber floors or lay new timber flooring and use concrete and asphalt for new foundations, retaining walls, paths and driveways.
» BRANZ BULLETIN 455 - RESTORING A HOUSE AFTER FLOOD DAMAGE
Plasterboard Walls & Ceilings Flood Damage Repair
Advice from the AWCI (Association of wall and ceiling industries of Queensland) is that if your dwelling has been inundated with flood water, it is likely that affected plasterboard will need to be removed.
The AWCI further advises that over eager early action may remove more plasterboard than is necessary. If unsure about what can be salvaged or repaired, you should seek the advice of a qualified plasterer. The AWCI can assist you to find a qualified plastering contractor in your area. Go to their web site at www.awci.org.au.
The linked article also provides a list of areas to consider which includes advice on identifying wall & ceiling material and tips on the best way to remove water damaged plasterboard and insulation, dry out and clean wet plasterboard.
» AWCI - PLASTERBOARD FLOOD DAMAGE CLEAN-UP & REPAIR
» BORAL PLASTERBOARD AVAILABLE IN FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS
Timber Flooring Flood Damage Repair
ATFA (Australian Timber Flooring Association) provide guidance on different types of flooring and how they react to flood damage, how to assess if a timber floor can be saved, repaired or needs replacing. Advice also includes how to remove water damaged timber flooring, dry out the sub-floor and replace with new timber flooring; particularly floating engineered timber floors, solid strip timber flooring and timber flooring over concrete slabs.
» ATFA - TIMBER FLOOR FLOOD DAMAGE CLEAN-UP & REPAIR
» BORAL TIMBER AVAILABLE IN FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS
Water Damage to Other Building Elements
That May Contain Boral Products
To rebuild, repair or reinstate other building elements besides plasterboard walls and timber flooring where products such as Concrete, Asphalt, Pavers and Retaining Walls are required or involved, just click on the following links to locate stores and sales locations in your area, enquiries numbers, product information and literature.
» BORAL CONCRETE
» BORAL ASPHALT
» BORAL CLAY PAVERS
» BORAL CONCRETE PAVERS
» BORAL RETAINING WALLS
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