Over the last couple of days, Storm Desmond has caused havoc in parts of the UK. Properties have been flooded, leaving businesses and people without power. Unfortunately there are still more weather warnings in place for the coming days.
Storm Desmond has already caused over 43,000 properties in Cumbria and Lancashire to be without power and over 5,000 homes have been flooded. Schools and businesses have also been closed due to the flood water and loss of power.
Parts of Northern Ireland, North Wales, Southern Scotland, and North-West England have all been affected by the weather.
More warnings are in place (including 16 severe flood warnings), and high winds and heavy rain are to be expected over the coming days.
‘Further rainfall is expected to arrive across central and southern Scotland and northern England. Some very strong winds are also likely in association with this system with gusts of 60 mph possible around exposed coasts and hills. This could prove a further hazard.’ – Issued by the Met-Office: Mon 7th Dec 2015
Issues with flood damage?
Drying out of the masonry of any property can take many months and in some cases years.
Current recognised guideline is 1 month per 25mm thickness of walling to dry to a point where it will not allow the germination of fungal decay.
Therefore a 225mm solid wall will take 9 months to dry properly throughout the thickness of the wall.
Drying out certificates only guarantee that the surface of the masonry or timber at any given point, is dry.
This does not cover the full depth of the masonry or timber and therefore fungal decay may germinate and colonise timbers after the surface has been certified as dry.
How we can help?
We are experts in dealing with flood damage. Our innovative 5 phase approach results in occupants being able to return to their properties much faster. By using modern ‘Air Gap Technology’ we can utilise Peter Cox DryRoom membrane sheets covered with new plaster finishes which use the breathing spaces behind the membrane to allow the walls behind to dry out unhindered. This helps minimise disruption and saves money on expensive alternative accommodation costs !!
Our extensive experience in renovation of properties of all types allows us to project manage an entire project from start to completion. This gives a single point of contact and consistency in service.
We guarantee it!
Our confidence in the system is backed by the Peter Cox Twenty-Years timber treatment guarantee.
All of our surveys are carried out by highly specialised and certificated surveyors in remedial treatments (CSRT) and include CAD drawings, observations, recommendations and costing for works required.
If you wish to discuss any aspects of Peter Cox Fast Flood Restoration, please call 0800 789 500
Protection for the future
Although we cannot offer a full flood proof solution, we can offer a solution which should reduce the amount of flood water that is able to pass through a masonry in very short ‘flash flood’ situations.
Our DryWall Thermotek treatment, when combined with our mortar treatment, can be used to increase the flood resistance of masonry in those first few minutes of a flash flood.
Once applied to a wall surface, it permeates deeply before curing to form a water-repellent barrier.