Wow, what a tremendous effort by the McArdles team led by Daniel to tackle the water damage and landslide event at Jenolan Caves in NSW. Located in the breathtaking Blue Mountains region, this normally bustling tourist destination faced unexpected devastation when extreme rainfall and flash flooding caused mudslides, pushing debris through everything in its path. It was a massive job that required prompt and efficient action.

The event involved a large-scale water event, with water, mud, and debris infiltrating the property from outside, classified as Category 3 Black Water. Multiple rooms were affected, including various types of flooring such as carpet, timber floorboards, vinyl floors, tiles, and grout. The damage extended to contents, furniture, antique furniture, rugs, and more.

McArdles takes pride in being a member of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and their technicians are dedicated to becoming water loss specialists and certified restorers. Individually, their technicians are members of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and hold accreditations in water damage, mould damage, fire damage, contents restoration, and commercial structural drying. They follow the standards and guidelines outlined in the S500, S520, and S550 to ensure safe and effective practices.

The first challenge for the team was a massive cleanup to remove the mud that had permeated the premises. Once that was accomplished, they assembled an extensive range of equipment to address the water damage. With every part of the 40-room guest house affected, it was crucial to distribute the power load efficiently to ensure uninterrupted operation.

Drymatic mats were deployed to cover hundreds of square metres of timber flooring, while air movers and Drymatic boost bars provided the necessary airflow and heat. Several Drymatic II machines were used to extract the moist air and regulate the temperature and humidity within the building. Strategically placed dehumidifiers further supported the drying process.

Given the substantial moisture throughout the property and the potential for mould contamination, HEPA filtered air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators were employed to maintain air quality and prevent mould growth.

The photos may not fully convey the extent of the damage to this historical building, but the presence of high-quality and sufficient equipment ensured that it could be salvaged for future generations to enjoy. The dedication and meticulous setup by the McArdles team ensured that progress continued even while they rested, allowing them to monitor and adjust the equipment for optimal results.

It is through the expertise and commitment of professionals like the McArdles team that communities can recover from such disasters and restore their cherished landmarks.

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McArdles Cleaning & Restoration Technicians are the “face” of our business and more than likely the people you will have the most contact with. All of our technicians are highly trained – not only in the professional services they provide, but also in customer service. We see staff technical training as being a very important aspect of our service and hold frequent training sessions where all of our staff have the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge.