What to do before flooding

  • Check for local flood warnings if your area is at risk: look online or call Floodline.
  • Tune in to the local radio or television news for updates. Alert your neighbours, particularly elderly or vulnerable people.
  • Prepare an emergency kit, including emergency numbers, insurance policy, first aid kit, torch and water. Use our home emergency contacts sheet so you have the numbers you need to hand, even if you lose power. Have a list of irreplaceable items to keep safe and put important personal documents into a sealed bag.
  • Pack essential items you will need if evacuated – medication, clothing, toiletries and items for children.
  • Purchase unfilled sandbags and sand from builders’ merchants. Remember that, if there is a flood, demand may exceed supply - as people will rush to buy them.
  • Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open.
  • If you can, move any vehicles to higher levels.
  • If you have time, take photographs before you leave. This may help later with insurance claims.
  • Turn off the mains power and water, and take mobile phones and chargers with you. Put sandbags in toilet bowls to prevent sewage back-flow.
  • Shut windows, lock doors - and don't forget to take your pets.

When flooding happens

  • Stay safe.
  • Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater – just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
  • Don't walk on sea defences or riverbanks. Cross river bridges if possible.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater – it may be contaminated with sewage. If you are exposed to it, wash hands and clothes thoroughly.
  • Don’t allow children to play in or near floodwater.
  • If you have support from social services, they should contact you to make sure you are safe and well.
  • If you need to leave your home due to flooding and have nowhere to stay, you local council will find you somewhere on a temporary basis. Initially, this may be at a rest centre. However, if you cannot retun home, your council will look for something more suitable.

After floods

  • There are still dangers when the floods have cleared. Don’t use gas or electrical appliances until they are checked for safety. Dispose of any food that may have been in floodwater.
  • Boil tap water until supplies are declared safe.
  • Flooding is often a very stressful experience. If you need support, call NHS Direct by dialling 111. The service is available 24 hours a day. They will be able to tell you about local crisis support services and emotional support-line providers.
  • Public Health England has advice on the risks of ill health. The Environment Agency has information on sanitation, water bottles, and waste and water supply after a flood.
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A. Here at Tempest Restoration we have been providing flood restoration services to properties across the UK. In that time we have dealt with water damage of all scales. Over the years have not only been involved in 1000's of small domestic disaster restoration claims but also major incidents from the Cumbrian floods to the Buncefield fire at the oil storage terminal in Hertfordshire. Our continuous investment in the very latest flood drying equipment and technician training enables us to handle professionally any size and scale of flood damage. Our aim is to provide a prompt, professional and reliable disaster restoration service to domestic and commercial property owners.

A. We are fully equipped to clean up flood damage after all types of flood. Over the years we have helped thousands of homeowners and businesses alike recover from Coastal flooding, River flooding, Flash flooding, Groundwater flooding and Sewer flooding. Read our guide on common types of flood water. We are able to deal with all types of water including clean water, grey water (a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to) and black water (water which contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness). Read our guide on common categories of water. Floods can be caused for many different reasons. Heavy rainfall, storm water, river flooding, coastal surges, leaking/burst pipes or human error are all typical causes of flood water in the home or business premises. The source of the ingress isn't always visible neither. Water can trace itself to a point from a large distance away from the entry source. Here at Tempest we have specialist detection equipment for trace and access on water ingression to a property.

A. Flood water can devastate a property. The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface. At this point, the potential damage done to a structure that you may not have been aware of can be large in scale. Or, it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property. Whatever the cause, primary flood damage is just the beginning and you need to act fast to minimise the consequences of secondary damage. Your home is full of porous materials that absorb water like a sponge which will damage structural integrity. Water causes corrosion and damages electrical equipment which can be fatal if not identified. Residual moisture becomes water vapour throughout the building which will condense. If the water is not completely removed it can lead to dry rot and a high risk of microbial growth e.g. mould and bacteria which is damaging to your health and isnt always something visible to the naked eye like typical black mould in a bathroom.

A. After a safety assessment, we look to identify the cause of the water leak or ingress using various tools and equipment. Our experienced team of technicians will look to make a decision on the best course of action for your situation. The next stage utilises advanced water removal equipment followed by rapid drying technology and humidity control to remove the water and moisture from the property.

A. Their are many potential health risks associated with flood water. Apart from the initial potential risk of drowning, the further potential risks to your health very much depend upon the nature of the water. We are able to deal with all types of water including clean water, grey water (a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to) and black water (water which contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness). If there is any possibility of contamination DO NOT TOUCH IT, call Tempest Restoration on 0845 052 4522. Read our guide on common categories of water.

A. Every case is different and their are many factors that make up the scale of damage and repair required due to flood damage of a property. We recommend a site survey to ascertain the level of damage and repair required. Once on site, we are able to quickly advise on the best course of action to bring about the most effective recovery. Our state-of-the-art equipment ensures the remediation process will be thorough, effective and as fast as possible, returning your home or business to normality as quickly as possible. Using the latest technology and with highly experienced technicians, our aim is to complete the restoration in the best way to reduce costs and prevent secondary damage in the future.

A. Every flood is unique and as such the timescale is dependent on many variations and factors. A small scale water leak is usually quiker to repair than large scale flooding caused by a river overflowing. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will assess the damage and act fast and efficiently to provide a tailored and precise response to your properties specific requirements. The use of modern equipment, rapid drying technology and working practise means that your home or business will be safely and quickly returned to normal, minimising disruption and cost.

A. We operate across the UK with technicians available in major towns and cities. Our head office is based in Swaffham, Norfolk where we undertake all our training.

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