removed from the building using specialist venting systems, reducing the likelihood of continuing damage.

“The priority is to return the affected property to

its pre-incident condition as quickly as possible, minimising secondary damage and disruption.”


DAMAGE There are many causes of flooding and water damage, from extreme external elements to minor plumbing malfunctions. These include major disasters, extreme weather conditions, melting ice, burst pipes, leaks, and firefighting water. Even if the cause of your damage is minor, the consequences can be devastating and can include damage to ceilings, floors and carpets, machinery, paint and insulation.

“In addition, fire damaged properties may be open to the elements for a period of time until properly sealed.”

Flooding and water damage can bring the risk of significant financial losses for businesses and so it is important to limit the damage and return to full operation as soon as possible. Fast action ensures the best chance of restoring your property back to its original state, avoiding permanent damage and recovering the assets. The pressure of large volumes of water in severe floods may affect the structure

and integrity of the property, so the clean-up operation should be handled by experts in damage management.

It is important to prioritise what needs to be done immediately, to mitigate further damage or to fast track the restoration of a key business area, and to identify areas that can be left until urgent essential work is completed. The first actions will normally involve removing the standing water and recovering assets from the building, as well as checking whether there are any remaining leaks, using specialist trace and access equipment. Moisture levels can then be measured and a full record of damage made, before deploying appropriate technical drying equipment with a carefully controlled plan.

Rapid Drying Systems (RDS) are the most effective and work by drawing in air from the atmosphere, drying or heating that air, then injecting it into the affected building. This method increases the moisture content each cubic metre of air can hold, ensuring the building can be dried as quickly and effectively as possible. This creates a hot air chamber within the building, which absorbs moisture from the building's structure and contents like a sponge. The moisture is then

Among the benefits of an RDS are that they can be managed remotely, from start to finish. The entire system is monitored via the internet to ensure that the temperature and humidity are optimised for safe, fast drying. This helps to make the drying process more efficient, saving money on further building maintenance, as well as being environmentally friendly.

Depending on the nature of the building and the water damage, disinfection to destroy microorganisms and mould may be needed, together with odour neutralisation and removal of water stains. In addition, the building contents will need drying and often restoring by specialist technicians, using the latest technology to remove all traces of water or smoke damage. UV technology is used for examination and cleaning, while ozone chambers can be used to destroy spores, mould and bacteria and to neutralise troublesome odours such as smoke and damp.

DAMAGE CONTROL The priority following a fire or flood is to return the affected property to its pre-incident condition as quickly as possible, minimising secondary damage and disruption. This requires a rapid response from experts, available 24 hours a day seven days a week, who can assess the damage, often in conjunction with the insurer’s representative, and recommend and implement the most effective course of action. Minimising the time at the business is out of operation requires a carefully planned programme of work to ensure that restoration is completed safely and on budget. SPECIALIST CLEANING | 57

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