Buildings such as churches, museums, monuments, castles, and ancient mansions represent a priceless heritage. Flooding is one of the most devastating destructive events, especially for these properties.
Preventing flooding of these buildings is a delicate operation that requires professionalism and experience. Acquastop® has performed numerous flood-protection interventions on ancient buildings creating reliable solutions also designed with the help of advanced technology.
The main problem encountered in this type of property is the irregularity of the walls on which the protective barriers are supported. In many cases, it is not merely a lack of perpendicularity with the base but also irregularity caused by structural movements over time, from water erosion or parts of the building that collapsed and are missing.
In addition, the entrances to these buildings are often bordered by columns with shaped bases. These and other architectural features make it complicated to create profiles on which to support the flood protection panels.
The historical value of these buildings also prevents intervening and correcting their structures, and it is not even possible to apply permanent metal profiles to create regular support surfaces. Once removed, the protections must leave no trace.
Acquastop® has always stood out for its ability to find practical solutions in situations where the need to protect the building had to overcome technical and aesthetic difficulties. We have safeguarded numerous historic buildings in full compliance with existing regulations for these particular structures.
To resolve complex cases, we made use of modern technology. We accurately detect the columns’ profiles and architectural elements that characterise the entries using laser equipment and dedicated software.
Digital profile mapping allows us to create bearing structures that adapt perfectly to the building, guaranteeing that it is sealed against lateral infiltrations, even in the event of heavy pressure. These supports, which are necessary for positioning the panels, are removable and are taken away along with the barriers when the emergency is over.
These fully customised interventions are carried out based on site inspections and feasibility plans. The flood protection panels are made to the exact size of each specific entrance, so each room is perfectly covered.
To protect historic and valuable structures from flooding, we usually use Acquastop Classic® flood protection panels. These are high-quality, extremely flexible aluminium barriers that have a high holding capacity and are appreciated for their easy handling and simple positioning.
The Classic® panels use EasyStop®, the Acquastop® patented system that simplifies positioning and removing the protection. Once placed on one side of the opening, this mechanism allows the barrier to be extended using a lever to cover the entire opening, correctly compressing the gaskets.
Thanks to their lightness and the facilitated positioning system, many panels can be positioned in a short period of time, promptly safeguarding the entire building.
Many old buildings have basements or underground rooms. In these cases, panels capable of completely closing off any entrances are used. These are also custom-made to the precise measurement of the opening to be protected.
The satin-finished, corrugated front panel and precise production make Acquastop Classic® panels aesthetically pleasing and able to integrate with the construction without negatively influencing its beauty. With this in mind, it is also possible to finish the panels in any colour.
This capability allows us to protect private homes located in historic centres, buildings of great architectural value, or luxury shops. These situations are bound by precise regulations, where the aesthetic aspect is fundamental, and the impact on the building must be invisible.
Acquastop technicians can find solutions to complex problems. Request an inspection by a qualified expert who will analyse the situation and develop a complete flood protection project.
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Acquastop® bulkheads have been subjected to severe tests by the Giordano Institute, the most authoritative body in the sector. Acquastop Classic® and EasyStop® are patented systems.