The news coverage of the terrible weather that hit the UK during the first few months of 2014 has made many of us think about how we would cope if our own homes and gardens suffered this kind of damage. Even if you weren’t directly affected this time, these tips on clearing up after bad weather might be useful in the future.
Storm Damage in the Garden
The garden will often take the brunt of any extreme weather. Storms often leave plenty of debris in their wake that needs to be gathered up for disposal. You may also need to cut back any damaged branches, as a clean break will be less prone to disease, and replace some of your fencing. Feather edged fence panels supported by concrete posts, and protected by an arris rail and a concrete gravel board will be most resistant to future wind damage and rot.
Take care when handling this garden waste and storm debris. A pair of thick gardening gloves can help to protect you from cuts or splinters, but you still need to be careful. You might want to call in a garden clearance team to help carry out heavy items, or to remove the rubbish for disposal. Fence installers may be willing to take away the damaged panels, but their rates for rubbish removal will often be high. An experienced garden clearance service may be a more affordable option, so if you are in need of waste removal after a storm, call TH Removals to find out how much cheaper our garden clearance services are, or to arrange a time for us to remove the old panels and any other storm debris from your garden.
Flood Damage in the House
When flooding or bad weather manages to get inside your house, the damage can be even more serious. It can take a lot of hard work to get your home back to normal. First, you need to clear out the debris and any damaged furniture, carpets and appliances so that you can dry out the property, repair and structural damage and start replacing your furnishings.
Wear protective clothing including gloves, wellington boots and a facemask while you clean up. Large deposits of mud can be shovelled up, but make sure you shovel debris evenly from both sides of the wall to prevent pressure building up. Wooden furniture can be hosed off outside and left to dry in the shade, but soft furnishings, mattresses and appliances will often be unsalvageable, although electrical items may recover when dry. Sheet flooring will need to be removed if water has seeped underneath. Carpets can be scrubbed with diluted household bleach or detergent, but many people find it easier to replace them. The walls and floors should be scrubbed with the same solution, but you can hose them off first to get rid of the worst dirt. Dry the house out by opening the doors and windows or using a dehumidifier, and then start planning how you will redecorate once all of the damaged items have been removed. TH Removals can help with house clearance after a flood or storm, so if you need to get rid of damaged carpeting, furniture and appliances, call us to find out how we can help.