Blog26 September 2019

Flood warnings issued nationwide as severe weather strikes

With yellow weather warnings in place for much of England and Wales following torrential rainfall, instances of flooding are expected to affect parts of the UK. The heavy weather has been attributed to a burst of low pressure travelling across the country coupled with warm and humid air linked to Hurricane Humberto, which devastated the Bermuda coastline in mid-September.

Forecasters predict that up to 70mm of rain could fall in just a few hours in some areas, with flood-related disruption expected as a result.

Unfortunately, we can’t prevent the effects of the autumn season but as experts in the provision of dehumidification hire solutions, we can help you tackle excessive relative humidity, dampness and flooding.

Heavy rainfall and severe weather are sadly unpreventable, but the effects of flood damage can have a serious impact on a business if a building’s structure is compromised or vital goods are damaged.

Companies in the construction industry, for example, can suffer increased costs, the need for replacement materials and timeline delays if a building application becomes damp. Andrews Dehumidification can help clients avoid these potential issues by recommending a drying solution that could also be accompanied by units from our heating range.

Dehumidification units counteract dampness by drawing in moisture from the air and decreasing relative humidity in this way. Some companies solely advocate the use of heating units to dry wet surfaces, flooring and interiors, but this can be counter-productive if dedicated drying equipment is not simultaneously used.

At Andrews, a specialist engineer will visit the site and analyse the damage, assess the levels of humidity and ambient temperature and perform a detailed risk assessment before recommending the most beneficial service for the situation.

Generally speaking, our engineers will encourage the installation of both a dehumidifier and a heating unit in order to effectively combat flood damage. While our dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the air, our fans and heaters accelerate this process by ensuring there is sufficient ventilation to circulate fresh volumes of warm and dry air. In emergency situations, our specialised Andrews Flood Damage packages offer an effective recovery solution that incorporates multiple units into one simplified hire arrangement.

It’s not just flood recovery that necessitates the use of dehumidification equipment however, with everyday moisture control issues common across many sectors. In the manufacturing industry, ferrous materials and other metal components must be retained in the correct conditions which means preventing the combination of moisture and oxygen causing corrosion.

Elsewhere, the NHS and healthcare facilities in general face a constant battle with humidity which can affect storage conditions, the manufacturing of tablets and the retention of other pharmaceutical products.

Local authorities and government bodies are obligated to provide safe and dry accommodation for those living in their constituency, with public housing often the subject of scrutiny. A simple drying arrangement can make a significant difference to residential properties by addressing humidity issues and removing potential health hazards simultaneously.

For further information on dehumidification units, or for a better understanding of how they operate, click here for more information. Alternatively, you can speak to us to find out how Andrews can assist you by calling us on 0800 211 611.