When a fire and several water damage incidents took place in the space of a year, Orpington Village Hall in Kent was forced to close for the best part of last year. The village hall, is a charitable trust and is a real hub for the local community, hosting regular classes such as baby groups, social, and religious gatherings. The Trust relies heavily on groups such as these and income from various events to keep it running, so it was absolutely devastating for them to experience such a catalogue of disasters.
A major escape of water had already affected the entire building earlier in 2021. A subsequent leak from the high-pressure cold-water pipe located in the kitchen within a flat above the village hall which had failed caused further water damage to the building in Kent. The leak resulted in an estimated 18,000 litres of cold water escaping resulting in significant water damage. The builders that were conducting reinstatement to the flats above advised that running water was coming from the interior of the building and out down the external façade.
Following the extensive water damage, CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration were called to attend the emergency, to first stabilise the flood and water damage and then install building drying equipment. Large volumes of standing flood water were evident in many rooms of the village hall, during our initial inspection. However, water was still migrating from the above flats down into the village hall through a concrete slab ceiling. The following day after the initial inspection, we attended the site to conduct a more in-depth survey and scope of works for strip-out and building drying.
Orpington Village Hall Trust
Our technicians uplifted and disposed of all affected timber sprung flooring, carpets and any underlay. We then installed targeted drying to the main floor slab and injection drying to insulated cavity walls. The next focus was to install building drying equipment for the main ceiling slab and mould remediation was carried out to the high-level ceiling.
Following stabilisation, investigations into the source of the leak from the flats above Orpington Village Halls found that it was due to a further ingress of water. Sadly, a secondary leak was detected in the male toilets, causing multiple refloods to the area. This was determined by the Housing Company, to be caused by faulty guttering on 2nd-floor balconies. This problem was treated separately.
We are proud to have helped the Trust to get back on its feet again after several years of disruption and stress due to water damage. Orpington Village Hall is now open for regular bookings and children’s parties in both halls and they are now taking bookings for large functions.
At CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration, we have decades of experience working with businesses in the Kent area, helping them to recover from water damage disasters. If you need help dealing with a flooding emergency, whether it's extracting flood water, building drying, or mould remediation, the team at CPL are the ones to call. With offices based in Kent, we can attend flood and water damage emergency situations quickly, reducing the amount of damage caused to your building. Working closely with insurance companies and loss adjusters, we do everything in our power to help you reduce restoration costs.