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How to get your home back to normal following a flood

When it comes to recovering from flood and water damage, time is of the essence. Cleanup should begin as quickly as possible to avoid floors from buckling. Because a flood can leave behind debris and dangerous contaminants, it’s best to call a professional who offers timely flood damage repair. Water damage, such as a burst pipe that requires basement flood damage repair, also has a unique set of challenges that might require a professional—especially if there are electronic devices involved in the flood. So how do you deal with flood damage? There are some things you can do right away to minimise your damage. 

Ten things you can do right away (wear protective gloves and gear, of course):  

  1. Call your utility companies for guidance on how to properly turn off your electricity or gas. Your local authorities should also have issued guidelines on how long you may need to boil water for safe consumption. 
  2. Remove as much water as you can with mops and towels. 
  3. Remove any rugs and floor coverings that are not permanently attached from the affected area. 
  4. If you have long drapes and curtains, get them off the floor. A good technique is to loop the bottoms through a coat hanger and place the hanger on the curtain rod. 
  5. Wipe down furniture that has not been exposed to contaminants and place aluminium foil under the furniture legs. 
  6. If you have wet furniture cushions, prop them up for even drying—best if you have a place with full sun. The sun’s UV rays help in preventing mildew and other mould growth. 
  7. Move your salvageable keepsakes—photos, paintings, and art, for example—to a safe, dry location.  
  8. Pack any affected books tightly into their shelves to prevent pages from warping until a professional restorer gets there.  
  9. Open drawers, closets, and cabinets to hasten drying and improve ventilation.
  10. Call for professional help—damage from water can cause bacteria growth within hours. 

Five things you definitely should not do:

  1. Do not enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off.
  2. Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
  3. Do not try to remove your wall-to-wall carpet or tacked down carpet by yourself. Carpet flood damage repair should be done by a professional. 
  4. Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or flooring.
  5. Do not disturb visible mould.

The most common issues that we see include:

Can a flooded house be saved?

It might not feel like it at the moment but, if your home or business has experienced a flood or water damage, all is not lost. Northern Restorations’ professional flood damage repair has helped many people in West Yorkshire and northern UK get their lives back to normal. 

We also offer responsive commercial flood damage repair services. We understand that businesses have their own unique set of challenges to overcome. 

Whether for homes or businesses, our flood and water damage experts employ several methods to restore properties. The first step is to assess the extent of the damage to determine the appropriate course of action. This is an important step because, before a plan is formed, we need to identify the source of the water to evaluate the level of contamination as well as check for any structural damage. 

The next obvious step is to remove any standing water and excess moisture from the building. Our specialists can bring a range of specialised equipment to optimally extract water, including pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers. It’s critical this step happens as soon as possible to avoid irreparable structural damage to walls, wood floors, and joists. This also helps reduce the risk of mould growth.

Once the water is removed, our flood damage repair experts begin drying and dehumidifying all affected areas. This may involve using heaters, fans, and other equipment to speed up the drying process. How long does it take to dry a house after a flood? This process can take a few weeks to ensure a thorough enough job to prevent mould from growing inside walls, nooks and crannies. 

After everything is dried, your Northern Restorations team thoroughly cleans and disinfects all surfaces and contents to remove any bacteria, mould, or other contaminants that may have accumulated.

Can a flooded house be saved?
Repairing Flood Damage

Repairing the damage

The final step is to restore your property to its pre-damaged condition, depending on the severity of the damage and the materials used in the building. This may involve repairing or replacing damaged structures, such as drywall or flooring, as well as any electrical or plumbing systems that were affected by the water damage.


Repairing drywall involves cutting out sections that got waterlogged or mouldy. After removing the damaged drywall, our experts inspect the framing to ensure it is not damaged. If there is damage, the framing will also need to be  replaced. We then install new drywall, creating a seamless wall that will match the surrounding walls once painted. 


If your hardwood flooring is waterlogged, mould-ridden, or warping beyond repair, it may have to be removed and replaced. We’ll also check your subfloor to ensure it’s not damaged. Waterlogged wall-to-wall carpet should be replaced because mould can otherwise thrive underneath. 


The key to repairing ceramic, stone, or porcelain tiles damaged by flood is to check the substrate, such as concrete or backerboard. If there is damage, the substrate will need to be repaired or replaced and new tiles installed. The final step is to grout the new tiles and seal them to prevent future water damage.

The Northern Restorations Difference

Throughout the restoration process, our skilful flood damage repair specialists will work closely with you to ensure repairs are completed as quickly as possible and to your complete satisfaction. When you need help right away, our highly trained experts are available throughout West Yorkshire and northern England. 

Find out why housing associations and landlords trust us to remedy flood and water damage. With a keen understanding of the region and special needs of older properties, we specialise in holistic restoration that complies with sustainable practices and owner preferences.  

Whether your property is old or new, you can count on us for fast, friendly, and professional advice and guidance on how to prevent damaging condensation. For further information, call 01484 651744 or contact us here.

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Our Other Flood Services

Flooding and water damage is never an easy thing to deal with – especially when it’s sudden. We understand the importance of moving quickly to solve the issue and fixing it before it becomes too damaging to your property! We have decades of experience solving and repairing water damage, so our team is here for you when you need us.

Our specialists can provide an effective solution to combat the effects of damp. We’re able to identify underlying causes, like structural flaws or water ingress & repair them accordingly. With our expertise, we can also offer preventative advice on ventilation, insulation & waterproofing to reduce the chance of reoccurrence! While you might think they’re needless – damp damage removal is essential for restoring your home to a dry and healthy state.

Repairing water damage requires specialist knowledge & techniques to make sure the problem is solved, and also doesn’t come back again in the future!. From extraction of standing water, to repair & replacement of damaged materials, our experienced team can give you peace of mind that your home or property is back to its best condition. Timely water damage repair services are essential for avoiding higher costs and more serious issues in the future!

Sewage cleaning always requires specialist knowledge and equipment to take care of, you should never attempt it yourself. Our professional sewage cleaning services are on hand to help you clear away any mess and restore your property to a healthy, safe condition. The longer you leave cleaning a sewage leak the more costly and time-consuming it can become, so it’s important to act quickly and contact the experts for assistance.

When a serious storm rolls through it can be devastating to your property, so we’re here to do whatever we can to ease your burden! From fixing & cleaning internal fixtures to dehumidifying a building, our repairs and restoration ensure your structure is safe and secure. Just make sure you act fast – the longer you leave water standing, the worse it’ll affect your property!

Our moisture surveys detect and measure moisture levels in buildings or areas. Why would you want that? Well, by carrying out these tests, it’s possible to identify whether there’s any hidden water damage present, as well as diagnose potential damp problems, useful for insurance companies, if you’re buying a house, or suspect that something’s happening to your property!

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