In the wake of a flood, property owners are often left with the daunting task of managing the damage and restoring their premises back to normal. While the visible devastation caused by a flood is distressing and requires immediate action, an invisible threat also emerges - excessive moisture and humidity. If neglected, moisture can lead to mould growth, dampness, and various structural issues, including rot. Timely moisture diagnosis plays an essential role in averting further complications and long-term damage.
Exposure to excessive moisture, particularly following a flood, can impact a building negatively in several ways, including:
All of the above factors can lead to a depreciation in your property’s value and future buyers will likely be deterred by the visible signs of moisture damage or the cost of repairs and renovations.
If you’re dealing with flood damage, the first step towards remediation often involves a professional moisture diagnosis service. This process utilises high-tech tools, such as the TRAMEX and the Protimeter, to measure the moisture and humidity levels within a building. These tools help identify and address areas of dampness, condensation, and mould, all of which can harm both buildings and the health of those living or working within them.
The TRAMEX remote environmental monitoring system provides the advantage of monitoring humidity, temperature, and dew point remotely in real-time. The system uses a combination of humidity sensors and a secure remote platform for storing the information, which can alert professionals about any adverse conditions. This method allows for faster responses to changing conditions and also reduces the number of site visits required.
The Protimeter, on the other hand, measures surface moisture using an infrared thermometer. It calculates the difference between the “dew point” (the temperature at which moisture begins to condense into liquid) and the surface temperature, providing an accurate picture of the excess moisture within your walls.
Early moisture diagnosis is crucial as it can help combat long-term structural damage. If not addressed promptly, dampness or mould can cause significant harm to the building structure and materials, resulting in costly repairs down the line.
Considering the long-term health risks, such as allergies and potential neurological problems caused by mould, early moisture analysis after significant water damage can help prevent these health issues and possibly save lives. Therefore, it should not be overlooked once the immediate damage caused by a flood has been cleared.
By utilising the latest moisture detecting technology and taking a proactive approach to moisture damage, both homeowners and businesses can ensure their properties are professionally analysed, dried and restored, thereby preventing long-term structural and health issues. A call to our professional moisture diagnosis service can save your time, money and reduce stress. Importantly, it can also safeguard your health and wellbeing in the long run.
CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration provides specialist moisture diagnosis services, as well as wider flood and water damage restoration to properties across London and the South East. Equipped with the latest technology and a team of experts eager to help you get back on your feet, we aim to be your first port of call in the event of a flood.