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Case Study 3

"Terraced Huse"

What caught my attention from outside was the builder in the front room using a steamer to remove wallpaper from the lower wall area by a fireplace. They had filled two skips outside with plaster and wood and I found they had removed all plaster and joinery from the whole of the ground floor. It could reasonably be assumed that a flooded wall some inches above a floor three weeks after a flood would be found to be saturated and unlikely to require a steamer to remove wallpaper. I asked the foremen if I could survey the property and was astonished to find it was dry! I said what do you think and he said it was dry too! I asked what was the reason for the strip out; he replied the insurance surveyor gave him a crib sheet. He just did what he was told.

Estimated waste of money £100,000



Wet wall? Stripped to Ceiling?



Same picture in infrared. Wall almost dry.



All dry, why strip?



Remarkable drying from 1 desiccant dehumidifier and 1 fan. Was it that wet? NO.





Hardly any moisture in wall! Acceptable moisture content would dry naturally!



So dry it needs a wallpaper stripper!!!!!!



Steaming off dry wallpaper from a flood affected home!



One of the skips with Asbestos seen!



Professional approach. No condensation. Purposely slashed furniture



Cooking pots and utensils needlessly disposed off. Estimate decontamination and hygiene certification £250 Estimated waste £1500



Sauna or mortgage? Perhaps their surveyor is a member of RICS and will recognise the health threat of mould?



Identical homes, on left self help on right nominated contractor see which has condensation. Why does professional help lead to more damage?



Heating with Infrared!



Infra red heaters are not conductive or convective, only radiated heat, nicely warming up the window ONLY. Waste of time and money!



Nice equipment, but not enough!



Not enough equipment, rest of building steamed up. Unnecessary damage may follow! Monitoring?
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