The 1 February storm has affected a large part of New Zealand, so we’ve put together some information on how to clean up after a flood, who to contact for specific questions around your area, and quick tips on what to do if you’ve driven through salt water.
Tips for dealing with salt water
Salt water does a lot more damage to cars than fresh water does. The corrosive qualities of both the salt and water combine to eat away at paint, create rust, and damage electrical and mechanical systems. The best way to keep your car safe is to move it to higher/drier ground, and avoid driving through water.
If you have driven through salt water, make sure to give your car a hose-down with fresh water, paying particular attention to the undercarriage, wheels, and wheel arches.
If the car has been wholly or partly submerged, it’s important to get a professional opinion on what damage may have occurred, especially if the engine has stopped due to being submerged.
How to clean up after a flood
When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings and the health of the inside environment.
Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water – for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances and furniture.
A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems like ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.
Call us immediately
Personal Protective Equipment
Clean and Disinfect Every Surface
In the Kitchen
Carpets can be salvaged depending on the type of water (see below for the different types of water) and the extent of damage. Here’s what you need to do:
Types of Water
There is assistance and support available for those experiencing financial hardship caused by the floods. Please contact Work and Income on 0800 559 009.
Some roads are still partly closed due to several roads significantly affected by the storm. The NZTA website have all the information on road closures, conditions and access.
If your property has been inundated with silt or suffered a landslip
You’ll need to lodge a claim with EQC if your property has been inundated with silt following recent storms, or your property has been affected by slips. Here's a link to access their claim form. You can also contact EQC on 0800 DAMAGE (326 243) https://www.eqc.govt.nz/lodgement-form.
If you need advice or support, contact Rural Support trust at www.rural-support.org.nz.