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Site visits this morning. The team are working on a recent flood damaged apartment in York. Initially we stripped all the flooring, underfloor heating, bathroom, kitchen and water damaged plaster and joinery. The building has been dried over the past few weeks now we're on with reinstatement. Kitchens re-fitted with new worktops and we're on with floor preparation today and installing the underfloor heating in anticipation of the new floor going down next week. Well done team.

Dryfix, There's a reason we're Yorkshires Leading Damp and Timber Specialists!
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25/05/2018
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I find this satisfying and encouraging! Two photos undertaken almost a month apart on a property in Harrogate which suffered from an escape of water event. When the escape of water event occurred the property and flooring were stripped out and reinstatement (not by ourselves I should add). Shortly afterwards however, the new flooring started to display symptoms of damp, cased by moisture still being present within the floor structure from the leak, a consequence of not drying the floor or checking prior. Now the flooring has all been removed although no drying system has been installed here. Instead our client has chosen to let the floor dry naturally although of course we're now on hand to monitor the floors reduction in moisture content and to confirm / certificate when it's dry so they can safely reinstate the floor coverings without anymore problems.

If only they had known about us before !

Dryfix "Yorkshires' Leading Damp & Timber Specialists"
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5/23/18
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Probably one of the last places you think of cleaning during your weekly dash around the house with the vacuum however, fan grill do need cleaning. Dirty intake grills will significantly affect the performance of the fan.
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Mechanical extract, poor fan choice or poor installation?.....................
I’ve been a fan (no pun intended) of Envriovents mechanical extract fan the “Cyclone” for a number of years now. The fan incorporates a constant volume feature and intelligent humidity sensor allowing it to correlate the fans speed in accordance with the ambient humidity levels which makes it very energy efficient in comparison to other models and manufacturers. Its ugly, I can’t deny that but it’s long been one of our top through the wall fan recommendations.

Over recent years however I’ve started to see these fans converted into inline units with a face plate conversion kit allowing a duct to be mounted to the front leading to a ceiling mounted grill. This Envirovent says, allows the fan to be utilised as an inline unit as appose to just a through the wall fan.

My problem is it wasn’t designed as an inline fan, that is clear when you look at it. As such the humidity sensors are located within the unit not within the bathroom below. In this circumstance humid air needs to migrate through the grill along the length of the duct before it reaches the control sensor to adjust the fans speed and performance proportionately. In practice this rarely works well. I’ve lost count now of the number of these conversions I’ve seen which fail to work efficiently. We’ve found that even after turning on the shower facilities and increasing the humidity within the room to in excess of 80% RH the fans still operating in trickle mode.
In addition, I’m also finding may of these installations / conversions are undertaken so poorly by inexperienced electricians / plumbers. Here’s an example of one I found yesterday. Again, another cyclone conversion, faceplate with front mounted duct leading to a ceiling mounted grill and exhausted from the rear through the roof covering. Firstly, the ducting used is flexible and corrugated, which isn’t ideal, secondly neither ducts too or from the fan have been cut to length resulting in excess ducting and sagging. You’ll also notice the duct has been slung over the purlin, why I have no idea, but again this has created excessive ducting in addition to unnecessary bends which Inevitably massively reduces the flow of air. Consequentially you can imagine what’s happening here, yes, the dusts full of water and the fans struggling to exhaust any more than 3 ltrs per second from atmosphere, there’s no wonder we’ve got mould throughout the bathroom.

Admittedly, the installation of this fan is poor, don’t get me wrong however from the multiple occasions I’ve seen this conversion I’m yet to be convinced it is good practice to try and convert a purpose built through the wall fan into an inline unit.

Poor fan choice or simply poor installation? you decide although in my opinion, it’s both!
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5/23/18
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Dryfix Preservation, a 3 x Award winning company with the Property Care Association.

There's a Reason we're "Yorkshires Leading Flood Restoration and Water Damage Specialists"

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Its all go today, on a friday too! Concrete is being pumped into our difficult house on a hill project. New floors and a partial damp proof course, we'll have this property back together again in no time at all. Well done James, Rob and Andrew,
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5/18/18
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A few weeks ago we posted about our new fully remote operated illuminated inspection camera. Well, yesterday it finally got its first trial. A difficult sub-floor inspection beneath a suspended beam and block floor. The camera worked fantastically, the illuminated head with 600 lumens of brightness provided more than enough light to inspect the dark void and the remote camera facilities allowed us to zoom, pan and inspect the floor void with total ease and accuracy. It was hard work finding the kit and technology to put this camera together, but it was worth it.
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5/18/18
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Getting the opportunity to implement some our new hard earned knowledge into our reports. A great course only the other week with the Property Care Association on flooding, prevention, reaction, resilience and resistance is paying off already. An abundance of new knowledge to add to our existing skills in the water damage industry. Education is key, never stop learning.
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5/18/18
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James, Rob and Andrew have been working hard this week preparing for new concrete floors throughout this property in York. Its a difficult and labour intensive project as the property is sited at the top of a hill meaning everything has to be manhandled from the roadside, everything of course apart from the concrete, we're pumping that in. Damp proof membrane and insulation are laid, just a few more floors to prepare before we concrete.

Well done team keep up the great work.

Dryfix, there's a reason we're Yorkshires Leading Damp and Timber Specialists.

3 x Award winning company and members of the Property Care Association.
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15/05/2018
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Disruptive investigations today, a borroscope view within the walls cavity reveals blockages.

Don't guess at your problem, call the experts!

Dryfix Preservation "Yorkshires' Leading Damp and Timber Specialists"

3 x Award winning company and members of the Property Care Association.
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