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Pro-active steps to reduce flood costs

Flood risks can be substantially reduced by the new technology of flooring and wall coatings that employ waterproof, mold-, and mildew-resistant materials like epoxy coatings. These coatings have been used successfully in swimming pools, laundries, warehouses, garages, and various types of shops for decades. Now they are being used increasingly in living spaces.

Flooded epoxy floors and walls, can be pressure washed and scrubbed back into service in minutes. Mold, bacteria, and contaminants can be rinsed off, with living areas ready for occupancy within hours. These flooring surfaces are class III laboratory qualified, meaning the surfaces are impervious to penetration by liquid-born contaminants. Even diesel, gas, and oil will not penetrate them and can be washed or wiped off.

To avoid expensive cleanup in flood prone areas, some property owners are even pre-flooding their vulnerable areas with clean water. Because their spaces are already filled with clean water, contaminated water is kept out. Once flooding has receded. The clean water may be pumped out, leaving the protected area uncontaminated. Of course to do this it is best to coat the floors and walls with water resistant epoxy coatings.

The costs of flood re-mediation often include the labor expenses of removal, hauling and landfill expenses, as well as contamination cleanup and replacement costs. Old technology floorings, including carpeting, vinyl tile, linoleum, and wood, are subject to such severe contamination and damage that, after flooding, they are essentially unrecoverable. Carpeting and wood often harbor health-damaging bacteria, mold, and mildew after being flooded. Sewer, petroleum, and many types of organic matter brought into living spaces by floodwaters all need to be neutralized and removed.

It is not just living spaces within flood plains or hurricane areas that are at risk from flooding. Plumbing problems, from overflowing bathtub or laundry and kitchen appliances, can create the same damage as natural disasters. Sewage and other contaminants need to be removed; warped and shrunken surfaces have to be repaired or replaced.

New designs in homes offer beautiful flood-proof epoxy coated flooring from wall to wall, often including coated vertical surfaces to help further contain floodwaters. Area rugs create an elegant look on top of these easy-to-maintain surfaces.

The beauty of epoxy coatings can be enhanced and personalized by using colors. Colored chips, glitter, decorative stains, and artwork and decals can be laminated into these attractive surfaces. Epoxy coatings are a solid choice when rebuilding or re-mediating flood-prone properties or living spaces.

Durall Industrial Coatngs supplies kits of materials that are customized to owner specification and delivered directly to the job site. Kits include full directions and 24/7 help lines staffed by seasoned experts, so professionals and amateurs alike can successfully install quality surfaces.

For more information, contact Chris Biesanz at chris@durallmfg.com or phone 1-800-466-8910 or 952-888-1488 (24/7).

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