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Preventing Floor Damage

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When it comes to flooring, different materials can make a difference to the overall health of your home in the event of an extreme weather event – particularly flooding.

While carpet is a common choice for homes, it’s not ideal in an inundation event. No matter the height or severity, flood water can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, toxins and even sewage that can become dangerous. Mildew or mould can also grow in your carpet fibres throughout Queensland’s wet season, especially via floodwater.

Even when floodwater has been expelled and carpets cleaned, mould spores and other airborne particles may remain.

Timber floors can be vulnerable to contamination issues such as mould and mildew, if your subfloor is not adequately ventilated.

So, what’s a good option for your home? Consider safer options that are waterproof, less likely to be damaged in the event of storm or flood and easier to clean. Polished concrete, tiles, and pavers were chosen for One House because of their durability. There is also less risk of these materials needing to be replaced after a weather event— unlike carpet and timber, which can often require removal after extensive flooding.

Sealed stone floor and wall tiles are easy to clean up – being effective with regard to cleaning flooring after an inundation.


Source: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/recovery-after-disaster/cleaning-up/mould

The information is intended to be of a general nature only. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.
Professional tile mason spreading adhesive on the floor

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Suncorp

DATE: 

April 8, 2022

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