Drying static caravans with heat
The last few months have seen Trustheat assist our client by drying a number of static caravans in Yorkshire and Stratford that suffered from internal pipe leaks.
Our evaporation drying systems have proven to be hugely effective, reducing drying times to an average of 3 days thanks to their ability to dry the floors both internally/externally, by tenting the underside of the units to create a controlled temperature environment.
In addition, we've been able to work even when the power supply to the units was compromised thanks to the inbuilt generators within our systems, preventing potential delays with drying due to the lack of onsite power.
Trustheat appointed by Ipswich Museum
Trustheat have been appointed by the Ipswich Museum to provide a heat treatment solution to treat an infestation of death watch and common furniture beetle that poses an ongoing risk to a wide variety of priceless and historical artefacts housed by the museum.
Managing Director Oliver Townend notes;
"The museum is home to a variety of timber artefacts that have significant cultural value and we're delighted to be involved in a project that will help ensure these items are preserved for future generations to enjoy. We have worked closely with the Ipswich Museum team to ensure a schedule of works that minimises disruption, and our single visit treatment will take just 3 days to completely eradicate the infestations that are present throughout the building and it's fascinating contents".
Water damage restoration - reducing the carbon footprint
Our drying solution vastly reduces the carbon footprint of water damage restoration by releasing trapped moisture non-invasively, eliminating the unnecessary strip out of sound surface and floor coverings.
On a recent project drying 59 flooded properties for City of York Council, we eliminated the need to remove and dispose of plaster, skirting boards, doors, architraves, boxing and flooring in each and every property, preventing tonnes of waste materials going to landfill.
Our mobile, self powered systems use an energy efficient boiler to power our drying systems, recycling energy through liquid-filled pipework. This reduces the overall comparative electricity usage by over 50%, and our single visit drying treatment eliminates multiple vehicle-based site visits and the associated CO² emissions.
By not removing sound surfaces, flood covering, fittings and fixtures we therefore eliminate their subsequent reinstatement. The single largest carbon footprint reduction will often relate to eliminating the removal and replacement of gypsum plaster and plasterboar
The production and calcination of plasterboard is incredibly energy intensive in it’s production. Similarly, plasterboard that goes to landfill contributes significant amounts of toxicity to land and the water table, all of which we help eliminate. As we can greatly reduce the restoration works required, we eliminate the attendance of multiple contractors and site visits, reducing total vehicle CO² emissions.
Flood Re launches
Following the significant winter floods of 2015, UK homeowners in some of the worst affected areas have been offered a much needed lifeline as the Flood Re scheme launches today.
The scheme works via Flood Re acting as a reinsurer, with a centralised fund that has been created via a £180 million pound levy distributed across all UK home insurance policies, with UK insurers paying more than £20 million to establish the scheme.
When claims do arise, the insurer can draw from the fund, ensuring no single insurer is bearing the full financial risk. Each household insurance policy in the UK is set to rise by around £10.50 to absorb the cost of the new scheme.
The scheme is not available for everyone, with homeowners in high flood risk areas being the most likely to benefit. In addition to this, the scheme does not cover owners of buy-to-let homes, business properties, properties bought after 2009 or flats in leasehold blocks that contain four or more homes.
Trustheat are supporting the Watermark Fund in Calderdale
The Watermark Calderdale campaign has been established to build a legacy resilience fund for local towns, helping to assist them in the event of future flooding.
The Calder Valley has suffered from four major floods since 2000, with the latest event on Boxing Day 2015 affecting at least 2000 homes and 200 businesses. Many residents and businesses in the area have found themselves unable to access affordable insurance and the fund is designed to provide a much needed lifeline in the event of future flooding.
Trustheat have committed to lifetime support of the fund, with 5% of all invoices raised in the region being donated to the fund. Trustheat's Managing Director Oliver Townend notes:
"Anyone familiar with the towns of the Calder Valley and their response to previous floods will have no doubt witnessed the generosity of local communities in helping residents and businesses to recover.
The scheme is a fantastic example of communities working together to combat the threat of flooding and we are delighted to be able to contribute to their efforts.
We're committed to providing long-term support to the fund and the towns of the Calder Valley, and we hope our financial support of the scheme will help reduce the suffering of those affected."
Trustheat complete major surge response in York
Following our appointment earlier in the year, Trustheat have now completed the drying of 59 properties in just 47 days following major flooding in the city.
All 59 properties, at three seperate locations throughout the city have been dried both on time and on budget, with the council delighted that we delivered exactly what we promised in our tender proposal. Mike Gilsenan, head of building services notes:
"Our teams were very impressed with Trustheat’s service offer and their general approach to working with us and residents.
"Whilst this solution for drying is more expensive that traditional methods, there are significant savings from not having to remove and replace plaster work and kitchen fixtures and fittings.
There is also less rent lost and temporary accommodation costs, so overall the costs of flood remedial works are lower using Trustheat's method of treatment"
Trustheat assisting City of York Council
Following significant flooding during the Christmas period, Trustheat have been appointed by City of York Council to dry 59 flooded properties.
Using multiple evaporation drying systems we're guaranteeing a 4 day drying programme for each property, reducing uncertainty and disruption for the numerous affected residents.
Managing Director Oliver Townend notes:
"With concerns being raised over the lengthy and uncertain timescales for traditional drying solutions, we're delighted to provide City of York Council with a fixed price, fixed time schedule that will allow them to correctly forecast their indemnity spend and reduce stress and uncertainty for the numerous residents affected by the major flood event.'
Mary Dhonau OBE endorses Trustheat
Anyone involved with the fight against flooding in the UK will doubtless be aware of Mary Dhonau OBE and her years of service in assisting communities to plan for and respond to flooding.
Mary is the Chief Executive of the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign, the Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association and a member of the Regional Flood and Coastal committee for Anglian Northern, and after seeing our drying solution first hand notes:
"If residents or businesses are looking for the single best way to reduce the stress, disruption, time and costs of recovering from flooding, then I would endorse contacting Trustheat as one of the best decisions they could make."
Trustheat expand mobile drying fleet
Trustheat have completed a deal to acquire the entire UK hydronic drying fleet from a major Canadian manufacturer.
With one the largest fleets of mobile evaporation drying systems in Europe we now have the capacity to repond to major surge events and assist a larger audience of customers throughout the UK.
Managing Director Oliver Townend notes:
"Our acquisition of the sizeable fleet reflects our belief that the use of hydronic systems represents the most efficient means of drying a building after ingress, with an average drying time of 5 days recorded in the last year.
We look forward to being able to assist when larger surge events occur and our aim is to reduce the stress, disruption, time and cost of recovering from flooding for more residents throughout the UK."
Garforth Flood group endorses Trustheat
Since 2008 the Garforth Flood Support Group have been assisting local residents tackle the threat of flooding. After hearing about Trustheat's unique flood restoration solution they asked to visit a local property in the midst of the drying process.
The property we were drying in York had suffered from extensive sub-floor flooding as a result of a leaking water pipe that ran through insulation below the concrete floor.
Trustheat were employed as the only drying company who could remove this moisture without the need to remove the entire floor at an estimated cost of £18,000. We drilled a series of boreholes throughout the ground floor and released trapped moisture via our evaporation drying service.
Treasurer Jacqueline Simpson has seen numerous instances of traditional dehumidifier drying first-hand, and noted:
"We were amazed at the efficiency of the system that had been installed and the level of expertise involved.
Not only is this operation often more cost-effective, faster and far more efficient than the traditional ones used in the past but it is state of the art, 21st Century and far 'greener' than any other methods currently being used, with significant carbon savings."