The Property Care Association (PCA) suggests householders affected by water damage get expert help on how to care for their homes.
The Association has a dedicated Flood Restoration Group and earlier this month took a top honour in the National Home Improvement Council’s prestigious annual awards for its pioneering work to raise the standards of recovery work to flood damaged homes.
Noted for its training and technical expertise, the PCA took the ‘Raising Standards within a Sector or Firm’ category, for its role in improving the standard of recovery work carried out after flooding.
The PCA set up its Flood Restoration Group in a bid to tackle a spate of problematic repairs to flood damaged buildings, including Hull, which sustained severe flooding in 2007.
Steve Hodgson, deputy executive of the PCA, formerly the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), said: “We would urge people in Cornwall affected by the recent floods to be aware of contractors offering a quick fix solution.
“In areas such as Hull, we have seen some householders suffer because contractors with little or no understanding of the effects of water in buildings have carried out remedial work.
“Homes have been repaired and then around six months later householders are dealt a double blow because the property is blighted by damp and they have to leave their home again for more repairs to be carried out.
“PCA members can offer professional advice on drying-out buildings and what work needs to be done afterwards.
“They can also measure and monitor damp levels and prevent damp, dry rot and other problems taking their toll on a structure months, or even years, later.”
The PCA is a member of TrustMark, the scheme supported by government to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.
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Notes To Editors
Noted for its training and technical expertise, The PCA represents the UK’s structural waterproofing, damp control, timber preservation, structural repair and flood restoration sectors
It incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), which has been in formation for more than 75 years.
The PCA is a member of TrustMark the scheme supported by the Government, to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.
Its contractor members are all carefully vetted before being awarded membership - and are then subject to rigorous auditing procedures once admitted to the Association.
As well as delivering a trusted repair procedure, PCA members are able to carry out specialist surveys as part of the house-buying procedure to identify potential problems – as well as a range of other services designed to preserve and protect homes and buildings across the UK.
To find a PCA member log on to http://www.property-
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