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New drying technology aids Cumbria damage restoration

Innovative drying equipment is being used in Workington, Cumbria, to help flood victims return to their homes faster.

Supply UK’s specialist damage restoration operation Force 3 is hiring out the Direct Air Dryer (DAD) in the area.

DAD inventors David and Jack Elliot believe their invention could also cut 20% off the predicted £100M clean-up costs that insurers may have to pay out in Cumbria.

“It is allowing us to deal with more drying situations than before as less equipment is needed and fewer staff.”

John Mussell, Rainbow International

The DAD works by creating ideal drying conditions using a special type of inflatable mattress with small holes in it. The system can be used to dry plaster and concrete faster than usual, and means that only a small number of floorboards have to be removed in each room.

The equipment was also used during the recent major flooding in Hull where it dried affected properties in just 21 days compared to several months using normal methods.

Companies using DADs include fire and flood restoration company Belfor and leading restoration and specialist cleaning company Rainbow International.

Rainbow International Skelmersdale branch’s John Mussell said: “We are now using the equipment every day and it is allowing us to deal with more drying situations than before as less equipment is needed and fewer staff.”

Belfor technical development manager John Thompson said he has found that the DAD with heat reduces drying times by around 60%.

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