Flood protection

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Lately, we have witnessed numerous floods in our area as well, causing a lot of problems for people, if not also significant material damage in certain areas. With regard to the stated, it is worth mentioning that rainwater and the consequential flooding of watercourses is not the only source of water intrusion. A flood can also occur due to damaged installation, intrusion of external water resulting from damaged waterproofing or humidity resulting from normal residence.

Many people are convinced that wooden houses are particularly vulnerable in case of flooding and that the consequences of floods in relation to such houses are even more dire than in general. This, however, is not true. This is confirmed by our experience in assisting our clients in the sanitation of the consequences of floods. It is an undisputed fact that humidity resulting from floods damages the wooden construction of Marles buildings and destroys the insulation in the building, however wood is significantly easier to dry than other construction materials, and the insulation can be easily and quickly replaced, thus making sanitation following a flood significantly simpler, faster and more effective than in classically constructed buildings.

In case of a flooded building, the walls are sanitised by removing the gypsum fibre boards and the soaked insulation to the height attained by flooding. Gypsum fibre boards, serving as wall lining, are prone to moisture absorption, however they also give off moisture and can be dried, if they have not been exposed to water for too long. If this is not possible, they are replaced to the height attained by flooding. Before the reinstallation of insulation and gypsum fibre boards, we dry the wooden construction of the building the natural way or with the use of dehumidifiers to up to 20% humidity and then insert dry insulation and close the walls with dry gypsum fibre boards. Following this simple procedure, we actually achieve complete dryness of the building walls and continuous quality living in it, which is completely incomparable to the lengthy and extensive drying of brick or concrete bricks and masonry coating, the sanitation of which is significantly longer and, consequently, less successful, as living in a humid building is almost unavoidable.

Normally, floor linings and screeds are also moistened during floods. Their sanitation is carried out with dehumidifiers or driers or with the removal of the floor lining and drying the screeds with driers or dehumidifiers, however it is also an option that the screeds near the walls of the building are removed so that the wooden garlands of the building can be accessed and then easily dried to a humidity under 20%. Then, the screeds are redone in the removed part, the floor lining is laid and the total sanitation of the flooded building is completed, leaving the building completely dry in spite of the flood.

The photographs below demonstrate a case of complete sanitation of a Marles building damaged in floods.

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