Processes to aid the reoccupation of flooded properties

Processes to aid the reoccupation of flooded properties

Many areas have experienced flooding of both commercial and domestic properties after one of the wettest winters on record. The next step is making the property habitable again, which can take longer than expected.

There a number of processes that need to occur after a flood, these include: a health and safety assessment; flood damage assessment; removal of stubbornly remaining water and strip-out of damaged fixtures and fittings.

Following the floods in 2007, it was identified that the drying process of a structure was a major contributor to the delay in reoccupation.

Using Newton products to treat flood damaged structures
After the stripping out of contaminated finishes and organic material and only after a 'Decontaminate Building and Sanitation Certificate' has been issued can the drying out process begin.

A saturated wall can take up to a month per inch of its thickness to dry out and even with dehumidifiers, heaters and air changing units this process can still be painfully slow and inhibit successful reoccupation for a prolonged period of time.

Newton Waterproofing Systems supply a range of cavity membranes that can speed up the reoccupation of flood affected buildings. These High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) membranes are described as cavity membranes because they are moulded in to a dimpled profile which creates an air gap between the membrane and the wall to which it is applied.

What benefits do Newton membranes have?
1. They provide a permeable barrier which separates new finishes from the damp structure. The new wall finishes will be permanently effective against damp, salts, staining, moulds etc…which could occur during the process.
2. They allow positive vapour pressure to ‘push’ dampness out of the property.

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