For those who are affected it is nothing short of a living nightmare. And for all those who thanks to the power of the media watch on as tragedy after tragedy unfolds and normal people – people like you and me – wade through streets that have turned into raging rivers and homeowners and shopkeepers stand waist-deep in murky water, staring into the camera numb with shock and despair, it is a scenario that fills our hearts with angst and sympathy – and a feeling of foreboding, because this could happen to almost anyone, almost anywhere. And yes it could happen to us.
When on July 2, 2011 the heavens over Copenhagen opened and six inches (15cm) of rain fell over the country’s capital in only a single hour, this was the latest in a chain of natural catastrophes caused by weather phenomena that have rocked our world to its foundations in the course of the past several years. Read More
In the first part of our two-part series we already explained the advantages – and the evident lack of disadvantages – of using mobile heating units on winter building sites. Not only does it make good financial sense to rent or buy a mobile electric or oil heating unit to stop temperatures from dipping and putting your building project on hold, it can also save you no end of time and trouble.
What many people fail to realise, however, is that by using heating units during the winter months to dry out their buildings they are actively cutting costs which would compound in later months while other less forward-thinking home builders just sit around and wait – and hope – for warmer weather.
Mobile heating units are designed to allow you to continue with the work you have in mind before carrying on with the next building phase. They are invaluable for keeping up the momentum and preventing the project from grinding to an unsatisfactory and frustrating halt. Especially electric heaters are extremely effective when it comes to bringing down moisture levels, since unlike oil heaters they do not produce any moisture themselves.
The wet, cold weather which invariably impacts the part of the world we live in, makes drying out buildings during the winter months difficult enough as it is. The problem becomes even more difficult to deal with when plastering or screed laying is carried out, for this kind of work produces even more moisture. But failing to counter humidity right now would be saving in the wrong place: energy prices are high enough as it is. And these costs can double for years to come if the house you are living in has not been dried out properly. And things can get worse. When given the opportunity, mould will multiply and spread at an alarming rate. Mould thrives on damp conditions, like in a building that has not been dried out properly. Having to rip out walls or cladding to remedy the problem once you have moved into the house is any home owner’s nightmare.
But what can you do to support the drying out of your building? You could be forgiven for thinking that the bigger the heater, the better the results. This is, however, not the case. In fact by buying or renting an oversized heater you could even end up exacerbating the problem instead of combating it. That’s why it is important to calculate beforehand which heating unit is right for you – if we can help you to determine your individual needs just let us know!
But there is also another way you can speed up the drying out process: Fans circulate the air in rooms. This air movement makes it easier for the moisture in the walls to be given off into the ambient air from where it can be extracted by your heating units.
It doesn’t really matter what you want to rent or buy. We at Trotec have just the right heater, construction dryer or fan for you. And the right advice should you need it. Try us. We would be most happy to oblige.
The effects of climate change that we experienced in 2010 are cause for grave concern – the images ingrained in our memories of ravaged regions and lost souls still leave us shocked, shaken and helpless. The devastating heat wave in Russia, the horrifying floods in Pakistan or just recently the tsunami in Indonesia– these are probably among the most severe weather catastrophes which happened within the last year.
There are still those who say that these catastrophes cannot be linked to the change in climate and that mankind has had little or nothing to do with global warming and the effect climate change has had, and is having, on our planet. But those who believe that climate change is responsible for the effects we are witnessing by far outnumber the sceptics.
But what can we do? Some changes already seem to be irreversible. And the fruits of what we are succeeding in changing or stopping will only become evident in years, if not decades, to come.
Well, we can start by accepting that there will be many more such situations and catastrophes in the near future and that we quickly need to take some necessary steps and precautions in order to prevent the worst from happening. At this very moment there is a massive project underway in – or to put it more precisely under Mexico City – to build a 62-kilometre long tunnel 150 metres below the city’s surface with just one aim in mind: to protect the 20 million-strong metropolis against flooding and high water.
Mexico City is especially at risk because the mega city is built on a dried out lake and is gradually sinking further and further into the sandy substrate. The city itself is also surrounded by a ridge of high mountains which makes it extremely difficult – and costly – to pump the waste water out of the city and away from its inhabitants.
If nothing is done, and the heavy rainfalls during the wet season continue on such a colossal scale, then the city will literally sink in its own water. And this is what the TEO (Túnel Emisor Oriente) is designed to prevent. The tunnel will conduct the water masses away from the city in a depth of 150 metres to the lower-lying federal capital Hidalgo where they will then be processed by gigantic sewage plants which have been upgraded for exactly this purpose. The tunnel will soon be able to propel 150 m³ water per second to the nether regions, perhaps even as soon as 2012. There is even a German company from Baden-Württemberg involved in this mammoth project, which once again goes to show how highly German technology is regarded all over the globe.
So Mexico City is – for the time being at least – safe, thankfully. But where does that leave the rest of us? Our often antiquated and overburdened drainage systems are unable to cope with the downpours we have been experiencing. And you can hardly rely on sandbags and backflow flaps to stop the floods that ensue when the sewers run over, the dykes give and the rivers burst their banks. Better then to make sure that your washing machines, tumble dryers and any other possessions which you value highly are on a pedestal or other elevated place should the floods swamp your cellar. And if your cellar does one day get submerged in water you can always rely on us to dry it out again.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best…
Our professional building dryers and dehumidifiers offer a whole range of solutions for dehumidification regardless of the scale. Take advantage of our super special offers which are currently running for new and second-hand dehumidifiers – and make sure you’re well prepared for the wet season!
TROTEC – we won’t leave you standing in the rain!
Damage caused by water is daunting enough – get all the help you can with the TTK building dryers from Trotec
It looked as though we were in for a super summer.
Temperatures soared and topped marks on the thermometer which we were only accustomed to being treated to on holiday, in places as magnificent and exotic as the Côte d’Azur, the Italian Riviera, or the Balearic Isles. 35 – 38 – even 40 degrees Celsius – were not uncommon!
The met office confirmed what we already knew: that we were in the grip of a heat wave and that this June was going to be one of the warmest on record.
Ice-cream, air conditioner – and beer – sales exploded. People stayed up late and sat outside pubs and cafes risking turning up at work bleary-eyed the next morning just to savour the Mediterranean feeling and make the most of the unusually beautiful weather.
And then the rain came.
Within weeks the picture was a totally different one. Now it was the rain that was splashed across the front pages and making the headlines. The people who had groaned collectively when they lay awake during the long, hot nights which robbed them of their sleep now had to decide which was worse – too much sun or too much rain.
For those who lived near certain rivers or in certain parts of the country there could only have been one answer. As river levels started to rise and dykes burst and freak flash floods swamped the regions which they lived in, the inhabitants of many German states, especially those which had already been hit by similar catastrophes in previous years, would have given everything to be able to decide.
As many people who have themselves been affected, or who have helped others when these have been hit by floods and high water, the scale of damage that the receding water levels leave behind is crippling, daunting and often heart-breaking. The frustration at perhaps having to start all over again is enough to drive the strongest of men to despair. Luckily for some the damage can be contained – either because the dams or sandbags held and the water was only able to seep into the cellars and lower-lying areas or other precautions were taken and furniture and valuables were moved to higher floors before the floods came.
And because the damage resulting from the masses of water could be significantly reduced and restored by using the right drying equipment.
Building dryers from Trotec are just one of many effective means designed to dry out homes and buildings after water damage. The professional building dryers in the TTK series are extremely robust and reliable units which have proved their worth in tens of thousands of scenarios throughout the country and across the whole of Europe. The range covers a selection of models each designed to deal with damage on a certain scale. The smallest model in the series, the TTK 200, for example, is a high-powered, highly-mobile unit that is excellently suited for drying out rooms up to 250 m³. The brilliant yellow building dryer is equipped with a powerful rotary compressor, an automatic hot gas defrosting system and large, non-marking wheels that allow you to manoeuvre the unit to wherever you want it.
Although the other models like the highly-versatile TTK 400, the TTK 800 powerhouse or the colossal TTK 1500 each have an operating range or an area of application for which they are best suited, they all have a number of things in common: high-quality components, excellent dehumidification values and drying results and a variety of useful functions and valuable features which have earned them the reputation of being the premium choice for small, medium and large-scale drying operations.
Trust in Trotec – the name in building dryers and machines and equipment for water damage restoration.
The TTK 170 S is the latest building dryer in the TTK S-series. Just like other appliances in our product range this model is equipped with valuable functions and beneficial features.
Designed to dry out new buildings this high-performance dehumidifier comes with an extraction rate of up to 41 litres (9.02 gals) a day and an air flow rate of 250 m³/h (820 ft³/h). It is also possible to use the appliance for flood dryings or simply keeping a building dry.
Due to an automatic hygrostat and a twin condensed water discharge system the TTK 170 S building dryer can be used for non-stop dehumidification in unsupervised rooms.
If you’re looking for portable ventilation fans or more powerful dehumidifiers you should also check out the following links and get an overview of more Trotec products:
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When drying out a building it is essential to choose the right appliance and to also use compatible accessories. There are suitable building dryers for nearly every room size or requirement. No matter whether a water damage occurred, a new building has to be dried out or rooms need to be kept dry – if you look hard enough you’ll find just that dehumidifier to fit your requirements.
It may take a while until you find the desired dehumidifier and a price you are willing to pay. But wouldn’t you like to skip the search and save time which you could better spend with your family or more pleasant things like that?
Well, maybe there is actually a building dryer which not only meets a wide range of different requirements, but also bribes through a nice price and expedient accessories.
Have a look at the TTK 200 building dryer and see impressive technical data, lots of features and accessories the appliance has to offer. Even the used models, which have been tested and repaired by our technicians, prove themselves as very reliable and very powerful. They are as good as new and come with full warranty!
But you better see for yourself:
After the coldest February on record and a weekend of flood warnings and torrential rains the weather is slowly improving again. But the storm leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Many homes have been without electricity and many houses have been flooded and still battling against high water. It is now up to the residents to remove the chaos.
Losing your property – or worse still a loved one – to the floods is a horrific scenario and a tragedy which has sadly become real for a large number of people across the UK. The road back to normality is a long one and there is so much that has to be done. But although time is a great healer the wounds the storms and flooding inflicted remain as scars.
If your home has been hit by heavy rain, if your construction site is totally bogged down and if heavy machines are needed to fight the wet, then you have to act quickly.
We would like to show you several useful appliances that can be used to deal with the mess and the chaos so that everything can get back to normal soon. Dehumidifiers, industrial fans, heating units or appliances for drying out insulating layers are needed the most of all now.
We have collected some links which provide the help you need in matters of excess moisture. You can either buy powerful building dryers or rent them, but you should use them in any event if humidity is spreading!
You can purchase heavy appliances and hand-held measuring tools at TROTEC:
There’s also the possibility of renting the appliances at the European dispatcher TKL:
Today you have the chance of getting a high-performance building dryer with a free high-quality electric heater! Simply purchase a TTK 350 S dehumidifier and you get the compact TDS 50 electric heating unit for free.
This offer is valid only at December 23rd.
The TTK 350 S is a high-quality and very sturdy dehumidifier of the Trotec TTK S-series. It is both a very mobile and compact appliance and also a high-performance building dryer for a wide range of possible applications.
This dehumidifier is equipped with a powerful 1.07 kW rotary compressor and produces up to 70 litres in 24 hours! Furthermore the TTK 350 S has a qualitative hot gas defrost system and an adjustable, built-in hygrostat.
The TTK 350 S already convinces with an unbelievable price/performance ratio but you can now even save more money with our exclusive super savings packages! Benefit from a premium building dryer in a package of three or in a package of five.
This special offer will be available only while stocks last. So don’t hesitate to click one of the links below and save money now: