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How can dehumidifiers help flood-hit facilities?

As the UK experiences torrential rain and storm-level events, facilities managers need to consider the long-term damage ‘invisible water’ can have on their flood-hit premises.

Though occupants and site managers may think assessing damage and replacing equipment is the final recovery step after pumping out floodwater, water soaked into materials could prove catastrophic in the long term, according to Aggreko.

By soaking into substances such as wood, plaster and paint, this ‘invisible water’ may cause expensive long-term damage to affected materials as facilities managers heat flooded buildings to aid the drying out process. Furthermore, mould growth can occur during this process, placing occupants and workers’ health at risk.

Delivering optimum climate control in industrial environments is therefore crucial to preserving the integrity of affected buildings and ensuring production can restart safely, says Aggreko. Through the use of dehumidifiers to create a controlled environment and manage moisture levels, facilities managers can ensure surrounding air is dried appropriately and without risk following floods.

Ryan Stanley, sector development manager fort and moisture control at Aggreko, said: “In the event of a flood, it is extremely important that the recovery process happens quickly. Yet quickly does not always mean safely – in the rush to continue production, crucial steps can be missed when drying out buildings.

“It is vital that a controlled environment is maintained when drying and dehumidifying affected rooms and equipment. With that in mind, industrial dehumidifiers, such as those from Aggreko, should be a top priority for site managers struck by flooding.

“If the worst does occur, these temporary solutions can be hired to manage moisture levels until the site is back and running as normal, with the threat posed by ‘invisible water’ eliminated.”

18 February 2020

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