Having your home flooded can be one of the most distressing experiences for any homeowner, and the effects can be devastating and long lasting.
When dealing with buildings that have been affected by flooding it is important to understand the impact and implications of the water on the fabric of the building, as well as the long term implications of the repairs needed.
Too often repairs to flood affected buildings are undertaken by general builders with little or no understanding of the long term effect that can be expected when buildings get wet.
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This is achieved by monitoring and inspecting the drying structure. We can undertake the drying aspects and can also undertake investigations to highlight areas at greatest risk from fungal decay or degradation. This service can considerably speed up the drying process and will reduce the possibility of problems of dry rot and other latent defects affecting the building after the refit is complete.
In simple terms, the effect of flooding is to put unwanted water into the fabric of a building. As damp proofers and members of the PCA, we deal with these problems daily and our experience in dealing with rising and penetrating dampness can be applied to a flooded building.
We can provide reinstatement solutions able to cope with the damage caused by water ingress. Utilising this expertise will greatly reduce the possibility of future problems. In our experience, problems with repairs relating to flooding are common – but may only surface months or years after the property is repaired.
It may also be possible to use products and techniques that will allow a building to be repaired and reoccupied before the fabric of the building is completely dry without compromising the repair or living conditions.
In some circumstances it may be possible to undertake repairs that will provide the building with far greater resilience to future floods.
The use of innovative materials and techniques previously seen only in underground waterproofing may be adapted to above ground situations to provide a degree of water management capable of reducing the impact of future flooding events.