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BRANZ Issues Free Guide For Flood Damage Victims

BRANZ Issues Free Guide For Flood Damage Victims

BRANZ is offering free advice and information to flood victims beginning the big clean up. Restoring a house after flood damage, BRANZ Bulletin No 308 is now available for free download from BRANZ website at

The eight-page bulletin outlines what you should do ifwhen your house has been flooded, and lists the tasks you need to undertake to ensure any permanent damage is kept to a minimum.

It covers the structural checks you need to make once you are allowed back into your property and how to ensure it is safe to live in. It also outlines repairs that may be necessary such as: installing new insulation refitting building paper replacing wall and ceiling linings refitting timber doors and windows freeing trapped mud and debris from subfloor spaces

There is also a section on how to check that your property is properly dried out before beginning any aesthetic repairs, how to test for moisture, and advice on cleaning and decontaminating electrical outlets and fittings, hot-water cylinders, wood burners, waste pipes, toilet cisterns and floor coverings.

The bulletin also lists a selection of summary checklists and advice on what steps you should follow to minimise damage from future floods and lists a ‘getaway kit’ to take with you if you face evacuation.

The Acrobat PDF is downloadable free by choosing the Free Information option from the menu at the left-hand side of the screen and typing 308 into the Search by Publication box, or by typing in the following URL:

ABOUT BRANZ The Building Research Association of New Zealand was first established in 1969 by the building industry for the general development of building and construction, and as a resource for independent, unbiased research, testing and information. BRANZ Ltd main office and research facilities are based just a few kilometres north of Wellington, at Judgeford. February 20, 2004.

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