How Arxell could save the economy £millions
In 2015 Christmas was ruined for many across the UK when the severe weather swelled our natural waterways and flooded thousands of properties, with the North of England getting the worst of it. This put a lot of pressure on Government surround the effectiveness of our flood defence systems and questioned whether enough money was being invested to prevent these scenes repeating all over again.
However, the actual flood itself is only the start of what can only be described as a long, drawn out process to get people’s homes and businesses dried out and recovered so that they can be used again – and this is a very costly process. KPMG’s UK head of general insurance management was quoted at the time as estimating that it would cost in excess of £5bn in total. This is without taking into account the under insured which he estimated at another £1bn. So the question is why does it cost insurance companies so much?
The underlying reason, which quickly escalated costs into the £bns, is that the drying process has always been so slow. When you take into account that the ABI (Association of British Insurers) estimated that after the December floods that there were over 3000 families in temporary accommodation, you can see how costs mount up every single day! So the question is, firstly is there a way to get families and businesses back into their properties quicker and secondly, do all of these families really need to vacate their property in the first place.
Arxell has developed a product which can revolutionise the drying and flood restoration industry which can achieve both – getting families back into their homes quicker and also avoiding all occupiers needing to leave in the first place. By adopting this new drying technology the insurance sector could save millions and millions of pounds, speeding up the process for those affected and also helping to avoid premiums soaring.
The ideal drying regime for any particular property depends upon a large number of variables, including, but not limited to:
- availability of equipment.
- the size of the area to be dried.
- the construction of the property (solid floor, insulated floating floor, etc.)
- whether or not the area can be, or needs to be sealed off.
- how much power is available (source of electricity and heat)
- whether or not access is needed to other parts of the property
- and importantly, whether or not the occupiers can or need to stay in the property.
The Arxell, focus drying system, is a delivery system for drying air. It delivers 100% of that air to the wet surface resulting in the rapid target drying of that wet surface. There is no requirement to fill up an entire room or a full house, with dry/warm air if you only need to dry the floor – so this naturally drastically reduces drying time. Also, uniquely, it is a weight bearing system, which means it can be used to store contents, such as furniture, that would normally be taken away, or as a platform for reinstatement or drying equipment. Alternatively, it can also be over-boarded to provide access to other parts of the property, or to allow remedial work to be carried out above whilst the floor is dried below. Most importantly it can allow a family to remain in their home throughout the drying period. It can even be used to allow a business to remain OPEN.
So, in summary, the technology has been developed, the benefits are huge to all involved (those affected, the insurance companies and the general economy) and Arxell has units readily available for sale or hire. All that needs to happen is for the drying industry to stop relying on old-fashioned, inefficient methods and start using the Arxell focused drying system.