LONDON, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
We can't stop it raining and floods occurring. But we can take the best possible precautions to save our homes and possessions. Triton Systems is best known for supplying basement conversion companies with cavity drain membranes to waterproof new and existing basements. What many people don't know is that these studded membranes can also be used as effective flood resilience systems that can be incorporated into new homes or fitted in existing properties.
In renovation works, cavity drain membranes can be installed on the ground floor of properties subject to frequent flooding. The studded plastic sheets are fixed to walls behind the dry lining and loose laid to floors below a screed or wooden boards. The membranes work by allowing any water to continue to penetrate the walls but keep it behind the membrane and direct it down to the floor between the air gaps around the studs. Then it can be diverted via floor channels to a sump or sumps set in the floor and pumped away from the property. The decorative wall and floor finishes remain dry and undamaged.
At a Victorian property on the banks of the River Severn in Worcester membranes were installed because water always came into the property when the river rose. Even before the renovation works were complete, this system was tested when heavy rain caused the neighboring property to flood and water came in through the party wall. For the first time after a flood the house remained dry because all the water stayed behind the membrane and was safely pumped away. Previously the family would vacate the house after every flood and would have to wait for it to dry out before redecorating - again.
Cavity drain systems can also be installed following a flood to enable redecorating to start before the property has dried out. In Devon a freak storm caused a culvert to burst its banks and flood a development of terraced properties. Although the six or so inches of water that entered the properties quickly receded, the ground floors were all left covered in thick mud. One property owner's son, a remedial building specialist, knew of a quick way to allow his elderly mother to return home. He installed a cavity drain membrane to the still wet concrete floor that, unlike a normal replacement PE membrane, could be installed immediately without having to wait for the floor to dry out. The house was redecorated straight away and the elderly lady was able to move back home after just seven weeks. Some of her neighbors had to wait many months before their properties were dry enough for redecorating.
Triton supplies other flood resilience systems including mechanical barriers for windows, door and airbricks, as well as non-return valves and seals for services entering the property. They can also point you in the direction of experienced contractors who will suggest the best measures for your property. Visit tritonsystems.co.uk or call +44(0)1322-318830.
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