Senior Project Manager at the Mistoria Group, Cassim Kaaba, has almost 10 years’ experience in the renovation, maintenance and refurbishment industry, enabling him a very unique understanding of both aesthetic design and practical solutions. Each month, he will be providing sound information and guidance on how to problem solve, make your ‘design pound’ stretch further and achieve the very best results from your own development.
A very soggy December:
Unfortunately, it’s been a pretty wet and miserable end to 2013, with heavy rain and very little respite for those living in high risk areas. Dealing with flooding both at home and in a commercial space can cause trauma and cost money, but there is obviously less damage for those who have planned ahead.
Areas that are hit by flooding again and again require a system of rebuilding that minimises costs. Using treatments such as damp proofing, tanking membranes and aqua boards instead of plaster boards can all help to minimise disruption and renovation costs following a flood.
For those wishing to keep on top of their properties in terms of maintenance, there are a number of initiatives that can be implemented to reduce water damage. For those living on a flood plain or in a high risk location, a simple change such as replacing an old wooden front door with a UPVC door will potentially help to prevent or reduce a flow of water. Replacing carpets on the ground floor of a property with simple concrete or tiling, or replacing suspended floors with concrete floors, will enable a quicker and cheaper clean-up operation following a flood and using moisture resistant plasterboard or even cement board, can offer protection in the event of a submersion.
Of course, the aftermath of water damage can lead to on-going problems relating to mould, damp and condensation and the use of humidity fans and heat exchange units can help to combat this. In 2014, the Mistoria Group will be part funding a study being undertaken by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire, seeking solutions as to how damp and mould issues can be prevented through better construction detailing, methods, management and process. In addition, more effective maintenance strategies will be sought to reduce the re-occurrence of damp and mould problems.
It is through these means of research, that solutions can be found and better implemented, enabling improved protection and management when dealing with flooding.
If you would like to discuss preventative maintenance procedures or refurbishment, please contact Cassim Kaaba on 0800 500 3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org