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Thankfully most individuals and companies will never experience a fire or flood and those that do find it’s of a relatively minor nature. Unfortunately the absence of severity can sometimes lull those affected into a false sense of security; making them believe that because ‘it wasn’t so bad, we can deal with it ourselves – we’ll use our normal cleaners and contractors’. This is where many simple but ultimately costly mistakes can be made. Disaster related contamination and damage is a very complicated subject. If buildings, services, equipment and contents are not properly decontaminated they can continue to deteriorate, from the affects of acidic smoke for example, often with severe financial consequences. If wet documents are not properly treated they can be rendered useless from mildew growth. If structures are not properly dried out after a flood on-going damp problems will persist leading to wet/dry rot in woodwork and potentially health harming mould growth. Where decontamination and restoration work has been carried out inappropriately or incompetently by untrained/inexperienced or specialist contractors you need to be able to seek out expert help to not only investigate the problem but also to propose remedial recovery actions and negotiate/arbitrate between the parties involved. […]
Being responsible for the maintenance of a commercial facility is never easy but this task is made much harder when faced with the problem of unexpected contamination. Fires lead to the deposition of corrosive smoke and soot throughout the premises. Floods result in mud and silt contamination on everything the water has touched. Escapes of water often go unnoticed for weeks and lead to the outbreak of mould and mildew. Not only do you have to deal with unexpected contamination you also have on-going responsibilities under Health & Safety Regulations that stipulate that building occupants must not be exposed to harmful contaminants. But what are these contaminants and where can they occur? Who can you turn to for help to investigate if you have a problem and recommend solutions? This is where you need to call Davis French and Associates. We are a team of experts used to dealing with contamination issues in the built environment. When you employ us we will send you an experienced Environmental Scientist to systematically investigate any and all contamination issues within your facility including: smoke contamination – nature, spread and severity floodwater ingress – spread, materials affected and impact escapes of water – source, spread, materials […]
Given the need to rebuild after a fire you would look to architects and chartered surveyors to draw up a scope of works (bill of quantities) that builders would be asked to quote against. The architects/surveyors would supervise the selection process and qualify their choice to you. A similar process is used by Davis French and Associates for the selection of a damage management contractor for the decontamination works. Using a detailed scope of works our consultants will help you select suitable contractors to quote for the required works; by briefing the chosen contractors and accompanying them on an inspection tour; instructing them on what level of decontamination is required; and informing them of issues/concerns raised by other involved parties that need to be taken into consideration. Once quotes are received we assist you and your insurance loss adjusters/claims specialists in assessing the competence of the contractors and their price propositions leaving you to make the final decision as to who to appoint. Davis French and Associates are well suited for the role of supplier selection adviser. All of our staff have worked in the damage management industry in very senior roles for many years and fully understand your needs […]