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Flood damage

Repainting after a flood damage


The first step would be to establish if the areas can be repainted? This can be determined if there is no permanent damage to the substrate such as, Brick, Block, Plaster and Wood.

To get the best results make sure surfaces are sound, clean and dry. Even in favourable conditions drying out can take a long time. This may take up to 2 - 3 months depending on weather conditions. There may be cases where timber and plaster based surfaces will need to be completely removed and replaced. It would be a recommendation to instruct a building surveyor to inspect your property and provide you with the best course of action.

No Paint coatings should be applied to surfaces that are structurally or superficially damp. All surfaces must be free from condensation, dirt and contamination before painting.

If walls are not allowed to thoroughly dry out before painting, early failure from blistering, flaking, alkali attack and efflorescence may result.

Make sure all surfaces are dry

Internal ventilation and heat will speed up the drying process. Dehumidifiers can be used in very bad conditions. Ventilation is particularly important and without it, heating may aggravate the problem causing condensation on cold surfaces. Solid fuel appliances or other heaters vented to the outside normally provide good ventilation but with electric and central heating, windows have to be kept open. Portable oil or gas heaters produce additional moisture and unless provided with a means of exhausting combustible fumes outside the building they should not be used for drying out. When artificial heating is used to assist drying out, excessive heat should be avoided as it may cause undue shrinkage of wood and cracking.

Please note it is important that you have good air flow movement to take away moisture and prevent mould growth. Were walls are heavily contaminated with organic growth such as lichens mould and algae, these growths must be killed and the surface sterilised before painting. Dulux Trade Weathershield Multi-Surface Fungicidal Wash may be used for this purpose. Where growths are particularly heavy a second treatment may be required. After treatment wash the surface with clean water to remove all residues.


Remove any defective coating and or wall coverings, efflorescence (white salts on the surface that appear as the fabric of the building dries out) and under bound slurry by rubbing with coarse sacking or stiff nylon brush. Carefully scrape back to a firm edge any/all areas of poorly adhering or defective coating. Make good any cracks holes or imperfections with Polycell Trade Polyfilla All Purpose FillerT. When dry rub down and dust of. Please ensure to wear a suitable dust mask when sanding down.

Sealing Water Staining

No paint coatings should be applied to surfaces that are structurally or superficially damp. All surfaces must be free from condensation, dirt etc before and during treatment. Water stains can be sealed internally with Dulux Trade Stain Block Plus, externally with Dulux Trade Alkali Resisting Primer.

Additional Notes

The effects of flood damage sometimes leave odours and smells. This is due to decaying materials which have not been thoroughly cleaned and may need to be replaced. We can also recommend providing additional airflow movement and cleaning down the areas more thoroughly. The environmental agency does recommend cleaning with a commercial grade disinfectant to eliminate and prevent odours. They also recommend using commercial air fresheners.

ICI Paint Essential Guidance notes

  • All surfaces must be sound clean and dry. Note when using a stiff brush please ensure it has non metallic bristles.

Moisture levels

Timber moisture content

  • Exterior 15-18%
  • Interior 10-12%

Concert Floors

  • Below 5%

Masonry walls plaster/ Brickwork

  • Interiors Below 6%
  • Exteriors Below 6%

Dulux Trade Weathershield Multi-Surface Fungicidal Wash

Registered pesticide

*Weathershield Multi-Surface Fungicidal Wash will only be effective on surface growths. Where old growths have been trapped between coats during a previous re-decoration, all existing coatings will need to be removed in order to treat the surface effectively.

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