The Flood House
Beyond teaching the Flood House is also used for research, including trialling manufacturers’ latest equipment or developing improved restoration techniques.
As a student there is no better way to gain both relevant and realistic training in the UK. It is proven that we only remember 10% of what we read, 50% of what we hear, but an incredible 80% of what we experience. By training in the Flood House and practicing as you learn, you are much more likely to remember those vital techniques and skills when it comes to an exam or an emergency.
Accessible from the lounge, the basement is essentially a swimming pool construction. It is flooded over 3 - 4 hours with 8000 litres of water in preparation to the rest of the house being flooded.
The Sprinkler System:
A pump in the basement sends the water into an overhead sprinkler system that runs throughout the house. The sprinkler point in each room can be shut off independently, allowing for single rooms or areas to be flooded or left dry as desired. Further adjustments are available by letting the sprinklers flow freely or setting them to spray.
In most cases when the house is used for teaching or testing it is flooded 24 hours before hand to allow the water to soak through the various materials. Splash-back from the running water will often reach above the skirting board as well as wetting the majority of the walls.
The Flood House was built to the strict requirements of the IICRC. This means that there are 8 separate rooms including a fully functioning kitchen and bathroom that feature running water and electricity throughout. The lounge includes fitted carpets and pine flooring amongst other features that are designed to demonstrate the various effects of water damage. The halls and other rooms include a variety of carpets and underlay for demonstrating varying effects and extraction methods.
The Flood House is designed to allow students access to all areas in order to view the effects of water damage on their materials and construction. The house incorporates all the necessary building materials for structural drying including concrete, brick, fly ash block, bison beams, timber and conventional cavities, floating floors and ceramics.
There is much more to the Flood House than meets the eye, so book a course now to come and experience it for yourself!