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Post-storm property check

Post-storm property check

07 July 2006

After a period of heavy rain and high winds, residents are advised to take a quick look over their dwellings to check for damage or fittings that may have worked loose.

The BRANZ Helpdesk advises that after a storm, damage is likely to occur to guttering, down-pipes and drains, as these items come under extreme pressure from the weather. A simple check should also be made to the exterior cladding of buildings, particularly around windows. Another area requiring inspection is the roof and roof spaces to determine if any materials have become loose or dislodged. According to the Helpdesk, even small amounts of damage can lead to much greater problems if left unattended.

In situations where there has been flood damage to homes, people are advised to go to the BRANZ website (www.BRANZ.co.nz) and download a free copy of BRANZ Bulletin 455 “Restoring Houses after Flood Damage”.

Members of the public are also advised that they can call the BRANZ Helpline on 0900 5 90 90. Calls to the Helpline cost $1.99 per minute plus gst.

For further information contact:

BRANZ Helpdesk Phone 0900 5 90 90 www.branz.co.nz

Released on behalf of BRANZ by Suzanne O’Rourke at Network PR phone 04 382 6610 or email Suzanne.orourke@networkpr.com

BRANZ & Building Research – Who We Are

BRANZ Ltd delivers research, testing, consultancy and educational services. While BRANZ Ltd has its own Board, it is owned by Building Research but draws only 40% of its income from investments by Building Research. BRANZ should not be referred to as the Building Research Association of New Zealand, even by way of explanation. BRANZ Chief Executive is Peter Robertson. www.branz.co.nz

Building Research is a separate entity governed by a Board drawn widely from industry. Building Research invests in an extensive range of research, technology transfer and scholarship activities, with funds provided by the Building Research Levy. www.buildingresearch.org.nz

Homeowners can call BRANZ on 0900 5 90 90 for practical building information. Calls cost $1.99/min +GST.

Building Industry Professionals can call 0800 80 80 85 to speak to a technical advisor.

ENDS

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