With Cyclone Ita and the resulting heavy rain and flooding in parts of Far North Queensland it is a timely reminder - you need to act quickly, when water damages a building, but don't undertake works without first consulting with an expert.
After a recent flood, CETEC investigated problem buildings, where the plasterboard was immediately replaced, following a flood event, without any consideration or testing for the water penetration its microbial growth impact within the wall cavities. As a result, the plasterboard needed to be removed and replaced again in order to access the cavities and eliminate the microbial contamination. Mould and bacteria, which is often only identified via specialist sampling and laboratory analysis can lead to significant and unnecessary costs as well impacting on the health of those occupying these affected buildings.
The team at CETEC can help with risk assessment and management of remediation of your site including flood and storm water infiltration damage and the identification of hazardous materials, including asbestos, leqad paint, solvents, etc.
Three actions to take following a disaster:
- Restrict access to the damaged building prior to professional assessment. The temptation to salvage items post-disaster can cause unnecessary exposure to asbestos and other hazardous building materials
- Act quickly to have the site assessed for hazardous materials by an expert such as CETEC – asbestos dust and debris can spread rapidly, increasing the cost of remediation dramatically. Within days, mould can render an entire flood-affected building a write-off if fundamental controls are not implemented.
- Properly document assessment findings and actions. Poor documentation and lack of action can lead to insurance disputes.
Our key skills in building remediation following storm and flood damage include:
- Assessments to determine whether a site can be remediated
- Development of remediation strategies, including those for complex sites
- Bacterial and mould assessments
- Remediation and risk assessment of hazardous materials disturbed by storm and flood damage (including asbestos)
- Other indoor air quality assessments that may arise from flood damage (volatile organic compounds, pesticides, etc.)
- Complete project management of remediation, including engagement of all relevant subcontractors using our network of industry contacts
- Material assessments
- Soil remediation in instances where hazardous materials have been relocated
- Provisional cost estimates
- Expert witness
- Reports for insurance