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Water Damage Restoration

Thermdry UK is professionally qualified to IICRC standards to deal with Water & Flood Damage Restoration. Approximately 70% of all property damage claims are water related. The odds are 1 in 20 that your home will suffer a water damage claim this year.

The leading causes of water damage are washing machines, water heaters, toilets, broken pipes, faulty construction, accidents, groundwater intrusion and river flooding.

Water damage can be a traumatic experience. Most people have no idea what to do when it happens. Carpet pad and sub-floors can remain wet for weeks or even months, even though they may feel dry on the surface.

Any time a structure gets wet, health hazards increase substantially. Dormant mould and mildew spores germinate, bacteria begin to multiply and viruses become more active. A few days after the damage has taken place, the environment typically changes dramatically for the worse.

If you have the misfortune in experiencing a flood, feel confident that Thermdry UK has the proper equipment, experienced personnel and training to do the job right.

Some things are not obvious or intuitive about water damage restoration!

For example, most people easily realise that water seeks the lowest available level and therefore will seep into any crack or opening below the flood level. But did you know that water can also travel up a wall during a flood? That’s right, water may have climbed your walls above even the highpoint because certain common building materials can “wick” water upwards above even the flood waters.
If you live in a flood-prone area, these tips will help you not only recover from your
current flood damage but they can also help prevent more destruction if you're unlucky enough to have  
another flood in the future. There are many things to learn about structural water 
damage restoration, but below are a few major tips to get you started:

Water Damage Restoration
As mentioned, flood water can crawl upwards through conventional wall materials and 
certain types of insulation.

You will often have to reinstall wall insulation to the full height of the walls in the flooded area. Replace with sprayed polyurethane foam insulation, which is a much more water
damage-resistant than standard fibreglass insulation. Consider replacing wall trim
and corner boards with plastic or wood-plastic composite materials. Gypsum-based 
wallboard is usually able to dry thoroughly and often requires only cosmetic restoration
such as paint. If you do replace it anyway, gypsum wallboard is also available
with a non-paper “skin” which reduces the potential for mould formation.

Water Damage Clean Up
Remove as much of the waterlogged flooring materials as you can, especially carpeting 
and rugs.

Depending on what caused your water damage these materials may be salvageable with air drying,
but most often they are not and should be disposed of quickly before getting the
chance to spawn mould. Floating vinyl flooring with underneath padding will absorb water
and trap it underneath. It might well need to be removed in order to dry. The vinyl
flooring can be reused if it is not too damaged during removal. Ceramic and stone tiling absorb almost no water and avoid water damage quite well. The biggest problem is usually with wood and plywood sub-flooring which can slowly lead to long-term structural problems like rot if not repaired.

Water Damage Contractors
If your water damage seems overwhelming, or if you've found all the above issues and 
more in your home or business, please call us for advice and further information on how we can help.

Call Thermdry on 07800 981 133 or email us today and we will get your property back on track in no time at all.

 REMEMBER  Water = Cost

We operate this service in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Peterborough postcodes.