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Executive Report : Protective measures
EHN reports on new products shown at the recent Flood Expo event for contractors and restoration specialists.
Extreme weather events in recent years and the increasing risk of flooding due to climate change have highlighted the need to do more to protect homes and businesses, from infrastructure systems to manage coastal and river water effectively, to measures homeowners and businesses can take themselves. The recent Flood Expo, held in London in October, showed the scale of the issue and the breadth of solutions available.
While some ideas were beyond the immediate scope of our industry, such as houses that can literally float safely when water rise, to constructing ‘green’ roofs and walls containing soil to retain rainwater, a number of suppliers and hirers promoted products and services to protect properties and to help with restoration work if flooding occurs.
Obart Pumps showed a
new display unit that stores 20 HydroSnake or HydroSack products that are lightweight alternatives to sandbags, as was mentioned in
the Flood Restoration Market Report in our October issue.
The merchandiser provides information explaining how the items work and to encourage sales. The products contain an absorbent polymer, which expands to create an effective barrier. The HydroSack has handles for easy positioning, and the HydroSnake is designed for
low level protection around doors and gates.
“Visitors have also shown great interest in our range of submersible pumps and other models, as well as items like our FloodLock door protectors,” MD Matthew Hill told EHN. “More contractors are realising that you need a whole variety of products to prevent flooding and to clear up afterwards in different situations.”
Models displayed by T-T Pumps included the Puddlepal submersible pump which is targeted at the hire industry. Models are available to deal with water down to 1mm, such as when tackling flooding
in rooms and basements.
Another supplier, SPP Pumps, demonstrated the QP-150 150mm-diameter model from its Q Series, aimed at hirers and contractors for de-watering tasks at refineries,
utilities and similar sites.
The self-priming vacuum-assisted machines are designed for low noise and fuel efficiency, and can be fitted with noise-attenuating canopies. Hirers offering the QP-150 include A-Plant, which was also exhibiting at the event, and has an agreement in place with the Environment Agency to supply equipment for flood prevention work.
Also exhibiting was Edge Equipment Hire, which specialises in damage restoration products and has five depots throughout Britain. “We are going from strength to strength because we are focused purely on this market,” said Commercial Director, Paul Brown. “We aim to offer everything a contractor might need, from dryers and dehumidifiers, to lighting equipment and generators. We provide training, and we have also developed an App giving customer quick access to our catalogue, Met Office forecasts and other information, plus the ability to send us pictures of a site so that we can suggest appropriate equipment to hire.”
A recent introduction to the hire fleet is the Dry Cell system, comprising modular components that are joined together to
form a grid over the affected surface. Drying air is then applied throughout
the cells and diverted towards the target area via outlets in the components
for faster results. Items like carpets can be dried in between two layers
Edge’s fleet includes dryers from Swedish manufacturer, Corroventa, which also exhibited at the Flood Expo. European Rental Manager, Ian Poole, says the company’s machines are designed to have a compact footprint for easy storage and transportation, and to be lifted by one person. Models in the ES range of condensing dryers have been developed for low energy consumption and high efficiency, and can be used with a new remote monitoring system, called SuperVision, available next February.
Ebac Industrial Products showed a new range of dryers with heavy-duty, rotational-moulded housings,
which the company is shortly to start manufacturing in-house. Models include the RM85 dehumidifier, available in 230V and dual 110V/230V versions. Designed for low running costs, the machine can be fitted with a remote monitoring facility, enabling it to be controlled via a computer or smartphone.
It can also log running time and operating costs, which is useful for insurers when settling restoration claims. With a recent report suggesting that up to five million homes in England could be at risk
of flooding in the future, such considerations can only grow in
their importance. •