Flooding is a persistent problem in the UK, with certain regions more prone than others. Sometimes flooding is a direct result of topographical factors, such as waterways, water tables and general floodplain locations.
Alternatively, flooding can occur because of the unpredictable British weather. Either way, for the homes and businesses that fall victim to flooding, it can be a difficult and distressing situation. This is why Relkogroup offer a specialist flood restoration service to help flood victims deal with the aftermath of the event.
In England and Wales alone, there are around five million people living and working in two million properties, all within flood risk areas. When the worst happens, these homes and businesses suffer great loss physically, emotionally and financially.
As well as the practical considerations, there are also health implications associated with river flooding because of the type of water involved. When homes and businesses flood as a result of natural or weather events, they are exposed to dangerous Category 3 Water.
According to the IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Examples of Category 3 water (also known as Black Water) can include, but are not limited to: sewage; toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap regardless of visible content or colour; all forms of flooding from seawater; ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams, and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather-related events. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances. Even previously non-threatening water can become Category 3 if it is left to become stagnant.
Due to the health risks and the impact flooding has on homes and businesses, it is important to seek the services of an experienced flood restoration company as soon as possible because the longer floodwater is left, the more damage it causes to a property.