Homes will take time to dry out

ESTIMATING that flooded homes could take up to a year to dry out, building advisory service Archicentre says people need to put safety first.

Ian Agnew, Queensland state manager of Archicentre, said water damage in homes could be extensive, requiring particle board cupboards, doors and plaster work to be replaced, especially where water penetrated the house and insulation became waterlogged.

“The size of the floods, the depth of the floodwater, and the time buildings could be under water will mean home owners affected will need ongoing community and government support over a long period of time to restore their homes, businesses and community assets within townships,” Mr Agnew said.

“It is important to recognise that flood-damaged buildings could take over a year to dry out completely, and the natural tendency for people to renovate and redecorate as quickly as possible can lead to mould and the work having to be repeated.

“The disinfecting of homes should not only include interior surfaces but also should extend into the wall framing and sub-floor structure.”



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