When water enters a building, porous materials become wet and damaged allowing potentially harmful mould growth and rotting building materials. Materials can become havens for mould within 48 hours if not dried fully or removed. Previous creature comforts and beloved belongings can become sources of unforeseen danger. Mould rapidly covers large areas such as wall and ceiling linings, and spreads to soft furniture and carpets, and smaller items such as toys, clothes and books. Hard-to-clean items with places where airborne pathogens can lurk include computer keypads and other electronic items that may need specialist cleaning after a flood even if they have not come into contact with the water.
Care must be taken though not to remove building material to save it from mould growth, or to release trapped water, without knowing if the wall contains or hides asbestos. Unsupervised removal or repair work on water-damaged buildings can expose you to dangers you are oblivious to, even after the water has subsided.
Viridis water damage services include:
- Undertaking a review of the building history and sequence of events leading up to the issue.
- Engaging with relevant stakeholders to understand the issue.
- Detailed inspection using a range of equipment e.g. boroscopes, infrared cameras etc.
- Moisture measurements/mapping of damage.
- Analytical sampling – air and surface sampling.
- Inspection and assessment of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system contamination.
- On site air quality measurement of temperature, relative humidity, dew point, microbial gases (mVOCs) and particulates (dust including mould spores and fragments).
- Detailed reporting including remediation scope of works.