Waterproofed homes tested in Christchurch
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The Christchurch City Council has begun a series of experiments aimed at stopping low-lying houses from flooding.
The first of these is a waterproof membrane sprayed onto the exterior of a red-zoned house in an attempt to keep the water out.
Engineers say the blue, paint-like membrane could be the key to keeping Christchurch's flood-prone houses dry, and the council is eager to put it to the test.
"We just want to make sure that this approach of putting the waterproof membrane on the building, blocking the air vents and putting the flood gates on the door will work in a New Zealand environment," says council transport and greenspace unit manager John Mackie.
The technique is called "house tanking", and the council believes it could be applied to about 80 flood-prone houses – many in the infamous Flockton Basin, which sank by up to half a metre in the earthquakes. But first they have to figure out if it works
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