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08 Feb 2019

Post-Flood Recovery

The 2019 Flood in Townsville has been absolutely devastating. So many homes and families impacted by the unusual weather event, with many locals describing it as ‘never before seen’ weather activity.

It has been wonderful and heart warming to see so many locals come together and assist each other in a time of great need.

We have been extremely lucky in that our display homes have been unaffected by flood waters. Both the North Shore & Harris Crossing estates have stayed safe and unflooded throughout this ordeal.

We are also lucky to report that our homes currently under construction have been safe and secure as well.

Unfortunately, we have numerous past clients who have not been so lucky.  We have been maintaining contact with these clients throughout their ordeal. Peter & our teams are providing assistance, advice and assisting with quotes for insurance repair.

Beginning to clean up after a flood

If you have been affected by the floods, here are a few considerations to be make, when beginning to clean up after a flood.

  • If you are currently renting – contact your property manager / real estate
  • Contact your insurer. They will advise if its OK to start cleaning etc
  • Take photos and video of damage to your property and possessions
  • Does your insurer need samples of carpets etc that have been damaged?
  • Check that its safe to reenter the property
  • Have ERGON energy check your property electric connection
  • Contact an electrician to check any appliances and internal electricals
  • Wear safety gear – boots, gloves, face masks when cleaning
  • Empty home/rooms of contents
  • Clear away water from inside the house as soon as possible
    (Squidgys, mops etc)  Water can cause damage to concrete & tiles as well
  • Carpets & underlays may need to be removed, depending on the amount of water that may have entered the home
  • Alternatively, where they may be salvaged – lift carpets and underlays and turn on ceiling fans and floor fans (if safe to do so)
  • If advised OK by insurer &/or property manager, skirtings may need to be removed to allow timber wall frames to dry out (this prevents mould & further damage)
  • Where able & safe – open windows and doors to improve ventilation

Where your insurer has approved for you to start stripping out your floor coverings and wall sheeting, we recommend the following:

  • Be safe – wear protective clothing & equipment
  • Ensure Mains Power is off & be aware of electrical outlets and points
  • Take into consideration any instructions from a builder you may have already approached for the repair work
  • Remove the lower sheeting from your walls to expose the frame work, see example below. This is extremely important to avoid mould and wood rot
  • Hire dehumidifiers or fans/blowers to help with the drying out of your home internals
    Ensure your home wiring has been checked by ERGON and a licenced electrican, if using a generator, follow safety precautions and ensure adequate ventilation


Are you experiencing mould growth in your home?

The Queensland Department of Health has provided the following information, for dealing with mould after a storm, flood or cyclone.

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