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Flood Emergency Services, Water Damage Restoration and Repair in Toronto and GTA

Flooding in an apartment can happen for a variety of reasons:

  • Bursts or leaks in sewage / plumbing pipes

  • Overflowing sewers or drains

  • Water table rise

  • Floods or other weather events

In any case, you should act immediate.


What to do in an emergency condo flooding

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A flooded condo and a large amount of moisture in the rooms or basement can cause big troubles. If the walls, roof and floors are not cleaned and drained in time, it would lead to mold and mildew and an unpleasant musty smell in your home.

Spores from mold and mildew can spread through the apartment, which means your health would be at risk. So you should get rid of excess water and moisture in the condo as soon as possible, as well as the consequences of flooding (rot and stains on the walls).


What to do first

If an insurance policy has been signed, the resident should contact the management company that maintains the condo building. Otherwise, call a flood clean up company or professional for help. 

You can look up a service provider in the list on this page. Choose a flood clean up company in Toronto that is near you or offers favorable terms of service. Professional contractors will quickly perform flood restoration and remediation. You can also do the flood  clean up yourself. More about that below.


How to clean up flood damage for yourself

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You shouldn’t hesitate and immediately start cleaning and drying after the incident. Just a few hours after a flooded condo enough for the ceiling, walls and floor to absorb a huge amount of water.

  1. The first thing to do is to turn off the power in the condo immediately. If you do not have access to a common switch, call an electrician, who will also inspect the apartment and tell you whether you can use all the outlets and lights. Anyway, cleaning should be done in long rubber boots, as there is a risk of electrocution from autonomous devices.

  2. Pump out all the water that has collected. 

  3. Remove furniture, carpets, and other items from the rooms to be cleaned.

  4. Pick up all the dirt with a shovel (in cases where there has been intense flooding of the walls). It will also be necessary to 

  5. Remove paint, wallpaper, plaster from the bottom of the walls.


Dry out

There are two ways to make a condo dry after a flood: 

Passive drying

Open all doors and windows. With an intensive natural ventilation, excess moisture will vanish. Complete drying will take from several hours to several days, depending on the temperature outside and indoors, the number of windows open, and the degree of flooding. If there is a high humidity or rain outside this method will not work.

Forced drying

Any climate control equipment will help speed up the dehumidification of your home.

You can use any type of heater. It is important to follow safety procedures and monitor the operation of the heater. You should not put it very close to wet walls and furniture if you turn it on full power.

Turn on the built-in ventilation in the apartment if water has not affected it. Let it run until the walls and floor are dry.

Put portable fans on and point them at the wettest parts of the walls. You can set it to either warm or cold operation.

Flood cleanup and restoration professionals use special equipment - dehumidifiers. These devices remove moisture from walls and other surfaces quickly. It won't be cheap for you, but it will save you a lot of time.


The cost of cleaning after a flood

It is very difficult to determine in advance the price for cleaning works after a flood. Only after inspecting the property expert can tell you the cost of the work.