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When air conditioners are set to the right setting, they not only create a comfortable and healthy climate they also allow those working in the office or workplace to focus on what they are doing. This in turn leads to an increase in productivity and an overall sense of well-being. If, however, the air is distributed unevenly and directed towards individual workplaces, then there is a danger that draughts will negatively affect the workers causing not only discomfort but also real health problems and people with sore throats and cold symptoms calling in sick for work. Continue reading

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A customer called us recently about a problem concerning the geothermal heating system in his newly-built home. He told us that there was a significant drop in pressure, and he was naturally keen to find the cause and have the problem remedied. In order to be able to pinpoint the leak, our engineers first had to inspect the pipe system under pressure. This allowed them to narrow down the area in which the leak or leaks were. In this specific case the leak was in the pipes that were running under the ground through a particular part of his property. Continue reading

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When you stay at hotel, you generally expect a certain standard of service, good food, clean sheets and a level of hygiene and tidiness that will make your stay a good, even memorable, one. What you definitely don’t want is to be driven out of your room by obnoxious smells that cause you to seriously question the credentials of the establishment you have booked into. See what happened when the engineers from VDL were called in and confronted with a problem that a leak in the pipe system of a hotel in the famous city of Cologne was causing – and what they did to get to the root of the problem and set the situation right. Continue reading

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Mould thrives on high levels of moisture. It’s as simple as that. So if you are having a problem with excess moisture in your home or house, then you really must take steps to locate the cause or source and tackle the problem head on.
Moisture meters from Trotec are designed to provide you with an accurate and reliable means for measuring moisture in walls, floors and ceilings so that you can determine just where a leak is. Don’t make the mistake of hoping that your problem will go away. Trust the experts.
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The employees in an office block were constantly complaining about distracting noises and unpleasant smells that were coming from the raised floors of their offices. Because of the nature of the noises and the distinct smell, it quickly became clear that mice had to be at the root of the problem. This meant that our engineers had to act fast… Continue reading

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The Darr method is a scientifically recognised and highly accurate means of determining the moisture content of wood and other building materials. It is not without pride then that we at VDL are now able to announce that we are the only water restoration company in the whole of Germany that is able to use the Darr method to carry out this form of testing in our own in-house laboratory. Continue reading

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Thermographic inspections with a thermographic camera can provide you with clear and concise information regarding the state of your building’s insulation and show you where steps have to be taken to remedy the problem. Continue reading

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A construction company called us up recently to enquire whether it was possible to locate the exact position of tension tendons in an older bridge which they had been contracted to reinforce using 0.5 centimetre thick metal bands. Tension tendons are worked into the concrete of bridges to increase their structural integrity. If these tendons are damaged while drilling is being carried out, for example, then this could greatly affect the strength and stability of the whole structure. Continue reading

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Stains on the external walls of buildings are not just unsightly, they can be a real eyesore. Such discolourations can easily disfigure otherwise fetching house façades and spoil the look of whole houses. Yet what many people who decide to take the matter into their own hands often fail to realise is that by scrubbing away at the stains or by seeking to conceal them under a thick lick of paint, they only are treating the symptoms and not the cause. Continue reading

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The owners of a property were planning on transforming their flat roof into a green roof. But because some scaffolding had been erected on the roof during the building phase, there was a real possibility that the roof had been damaged while construction work was being carried out. In order to determine whether any damage had been done, the technician decided to use the smoke gas method to check the roof for any holes, cracks, fractures or fissures. Continue reading

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