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Getting Back To Business

Floods and flooring don’t mix. Water can cause untold damage if it’s not dealt with quickly – not just to the fabric of the building, but in terms of disruption to business. Natalie Dowse, Marketing and Product Manager for Truvox International, explains how air movers can aid the restoration process.


2010, the Department for Communities and Government published, ‘Guidance and standards for drying fl ood damaged buildings’, in which it listed the most recent events. These included the Easter 1998 fl ood, which particularly affected the Midlands; the widespread winter 2000 fl oods; the January 2005 Carlisle fl ood, and the summer 2007 fl oods that caused major disruption in Yorkshire, Humberside and large areas of the Midlands and South West. Then there were the fl oods that caused such misery during winter 2013-2014, particularly for those in the South East and the Somerset Levels – which are still fresh in the memory.


In its publication, ‘Flood and Coastal Risk Management in England’, the Environment Agency listed the most common forms of fl oods in England, which included river fl ooding, which occurs when a watercourse cannot cope with the water draining into it from surrounding land, and coastal fl ooding, caused by a combination of high tides and stormy conditions.


Restoring damage following a fl ood can be a painful and

long drawn out process. What is the quickest way to recover so that I can get my business back up and running?

The UK has seen its fair share of fl oods over the past few years. In

Other common forms of fl ooding listed in the publication included surface water fl ooding, which is diffi cult to predict, as it occurs when heavy rainfall overwhelms the drainage capacity of the local area, sewer fl ooding, that happens when sewers are overwhelmed by heavy rainfall or they become blocked, and groundwater fl ooding, which occurs when water levels in the ground rise above surface levels

Floods are not choosy in whom they affect – whether you are a business, school, hospital or shop – water ingress can cause serious damage. This can result in costly bills to put damage right, loss of earnings while restoration work is being carried out, and increased insurance premiums. Swift action is needed if businesses are to return to full functionality as soon as possible, and may also help to salvage carpets and other fl ooring, saving even more time and money.

Air movers can signifi cantly reduce the drying time of carpets, walls and ceilings, and are ideal for use, not just after fl oods, but also when signifi cant spillages have occurred or extraction cleaning has been carried out. The best models provide high airfl ow for rapid drying, aiding air circulation and ventilation, and are easily portable via carry handles or built-in trollies.

Whole room dryers feature 360° directed air fl ow, allowing rooms to

be dried without repositioning the dryer, with some models able to dry a typical offi ce or room in as little as 15 minutes. Axial fans are the ‘top of the range’ providing high volume, high velocity airfl ow for the fastest possible drying. This makes them particularly effective for structural drying after fl oods or leaks.

When researching the best options, bear in mind that a few additional features exist on some models, which may help you make your choice. Certain air movers can incorporate carpet clamps, which enable air to be directed under the carpet, speeding up the drying of both the carpet and the underlying fl oor. Built-in kickstands that raise the airfl ow off the fl oor will also help for rapid drying of fl oor polishes, seals, paints and other coatings.

As we enter the winter months, the risk of fl ooding increases, so it is always best to be prepared. Should the worst happen to your premises, solutions are available to help get you back to business as quickly as possible.

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