Insurance industry flooding specialists have warned that claims for flood-damaged homes are being exacerbated because of poor drying out processes.

An insurance industry flood forum is set to publish guidance through the ABI on how to stop property being damaged because it is dried out too quickly.

Crawford & Co property expert Nick Clark warned that dehumidifiers were being used too aggressively in some cases. "Some people are getting back into their houses quickly only to find that their walls become wet again soon after," he said.

Damage management firm Munters warned that fast drying could cause plaster to crack and timber to warp. "It is vital to take a reference from a similar home that has not been flooded and bring the flooded house back to that level of moisture," said Munters technical manager David Clifton.